Space Station Transits Sun with Axiom Crew 3 & SpaceX Crew 7

February 10, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

On February 7 at 7:52 am, I was able to capture 1.5 seconds of a 2-second solar transit by the International Space Station while the Dragon Capsule with Axiom Crew 3 was still attached; it undocked a few hours later that day to begin it's return to Earth with Crew 3 onboard. Riding along on this solar transit as it cartwheels past the Sun are the four members of SpaceX Crew 7, due to return to Earth late February/early March. I also captured their departing launch several months ago. Hopefully I will be able to also capture the Crew 7 return to earth very soon! Other current ISS Residents are the three members of SOYUS MS-24.
The crew gets to see 16 sunrises and sunsets every day as it orbits Earth at a stunning 17,500 miles/28,000 kilometers per hour! At this speed, the ISS orbits the Earth every 90 minutes.
Catching a solar or lunar transit is rare though, as it does not stay on the exact same orbital path. Plus, it depends on where you, the viewer is standing and where the sun or moon is at the exact time you are viewing from. Tricky math stuff.

PRESS THE PLAY BUTTON TO WATCH THE SPACE STATION TRAVEL ACROSS THE SUN

Find more groovy Space Station facts HERE.
SpaceX Crew 7 & Axiom Crew 3 ISS Solar Transit Video

 

 

 

 

 


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