The International Space Station is the largest human-made structure in space and has been in orbit since 1998.
As it conducts important research on astronomy, biology and other fields it can also capture incredibly detailed images of the Earth below.
You can sometimes see it from the Earth’s surface with the naked eye, but it rarely gets its moment in the sun (pardon the pun).
During yesterday’s awe-inspiring Total Solar Eclipse across North America however, it seized its opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime photo bomb.
— NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) August 21, 2017
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) August 21, 2017
Taken by Nasa photographer Joel Kowsky, the craft is barely identifiable at first, mixing in with the sunspots, but upon closer inspection, you can clearly make out certain parts of the station.
Kowsky’s image has since gone viral, with many netizens sharing their amazement and the odd joke.
Nasa has also shared footage of the moment the station passed the eclipse, which is just too awesome to behold.
— CNN (@CNN) August 21, 2017
The next eclipse that will take place across the skies of America won’t be until 2024, so we have a little while to wait to see if the Iss can pull off this trick again.