The International Space Station photobombed the solar eclipse and it was cosmic

When you’ve waited 99 years for your moment in the sun – or your moment blocking it out completely – it might be slightly annoying to have your thunder stolen on your big day.

But that’s what happened to Monday’s historic solar eclipse, which swept across the US for the first time in a century.

And while most of the nation was staring up at the sky in their protective glasses as the moon moved between the sun and the Earth, an interloper was stealing the limelight.

In what might be the greatest photobomb of all time, the International Space Station (ISS) hovered its way into a stunning image of the total solar eclipse.


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NASA photographer Joel Kowsky captured the ISS in the midst of the solar eclipse while looking skywards from Banner, Wyoming.

His stunning image shows what looks like a minuscule space station passing in front of the sun.

A close-up of the International Space Station in front of the sun (Picture: Joel Kowsky/NASA)

The International Space Station has six people on board and passed the sun at about five miles per second.

Mr Kowsky used a high-speed camera that records 1,500 frames per second.

The space station looks like a small ‘H’ in the amazing image. In reality, the ISS weighs about 450 tonnes.

The International Space Station’s Twitter account shared the image with the caption: ‘It’s the moon, sunspots AND the station in front of the sun. @NASA photographer captures station transiting sun during #Eclipse2017’.

The image has more than 29,000 likes and was retweeted 16,000 times.