Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Star Trek: The Real Thing

I found this amazing photo on the NASA Image of the Day Gallery. It was too neat not to post. Here is the information that accompanied it.

Transiting the Sun

In this tightly cropped image, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope.

The phtographer made this image using a solar-filtered Takahashi 5-inch refracting telescope and a Canon 5D Mark II digital camera.

Image Credit: NASA/Thierry Legault


  1. That is just such an amazing shot. The sun looks like a ripe lemon with the filter they have used. It really does resemble Star Trek.

  2. That is too cool. It makes you realise how tiny we really are!