"Man, I hope the shuttle brought some bitchin' sunscreen!"
No time to do much posting today. Pa decided to run the horse and buggy into another one, and now he's in the hospital with a handful of broken ribs and a bruised ego. Instead, I'll give you some pretty pictures. The one above is from the web page of Thierry Legault. It's a closeup of the International Space Station passing in front of the sun. You can actually see the shuttle Atlantis docked on the left hand side.
Here is the full image.
To the upper right of the ISS you can see a group of sunspots. Click on the photo for a better look at it, or head over to the web page of Legault for higher resolution images. This photo was taken at 1/8000th of a second. Putting the props in place and creating the background, however, took approximately five billion years.
Here is an image of the camera used to take this photo.
And you thought your Nikon was a pain in the ass to focus.
One more from M. Legault. This one of of the planetary conjunction of 2002 as seen from Paris. You can see the Moon, Jupiter, Venus, and some tall building in lights.