Sky gazers watching the Great American Solar Eclipse were treated to a rare view of the International Space Station (ISS) when the spacecraft flew past a partial eclipse of the sun.
NASA videographer Joel Kowsky used a high-speed camera to capture the crossing, known as a transit, at 1,500 frames per second. Kowsky recorded the footage from near Banner, Wyoming, on (Aug. 21).
Aboard the ISS, as part of Expedition 52, are six astronauts: NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer and Randy Bresnik; Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy; and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, NASA reported. [Photos: 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse]
This is hardly the ISS’ first incredible transit captured on film. NASA photographer Lauren Harnett took a series of images from Houston of the ISS transiting the moon in January 2012.
The Great American Solar Eclipse will continue to wow people today as it crosses the United States, traveling in a path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse will be visible from all over North America, including parts of South America, Africa and Europe.
Note: Video edited by Space.com senior producer Steve Spaleta.