Sun Spotting?

Why is everyone excited about this picture?

atlantis_hst_2009may13

Actually, there’s a dot on the bottom left quadrant. What is it? What did the excellent photographer Thierry Legault manage to image?

Well, it’s wonderful:

atlantis_hst_2009may13crop

It is the shuttle Atlantis together with the Hubble telescope, on the repair mission I mentioned earlier! Isn’t that amazing? Here’s a shot of the Atlantis on its own:

atlantis_against_sun_legault

See Phil’s Bad Astronomy Blog for more discussion of how he did it.

-cvj

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