APOD, (Astronomy Picture of the Day), is one of my few daily rituals.
A lifelong interest in things astronomical is kept fed by my daily visits, and some of the pictures are truly amazing.
Today’s warrants special mention because of the planning that went into it, the timing involved (it would have been so easy to miss the opportunity at the last moment), and because of a little bit of artistic luck.
Having planned the taking of the picture so carefully, in the final analysis Thierry Legault was incredibly lucky that the International Space Station is almost perfectly balanced on the picture by the sunspot at the bottom right.
As the ISS took less than a second to pass across the face of the sun Thierry’s efforts deserve such good fortune.
See here for the full size picture and more information.