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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A Tale of Two Eclipses

This photo shows the rapid transit of the International Space Station in front of the sun at the same time the moon was also crossing in front of the sun leading up to totality during the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017. Only one place on the planet afforded a view of this fleeting spectacle followed by the awe-inspiring phenomenon of totality roughly 45 minutes later. The entire solar transit by the ISS took less than one second.

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Date Taken: 08.2017
Date Uploaded: 07.2018
Photo Location: Crowheart, Wyoming, United States of America
Copyright: © Paul Schmit