Why is everyone excited about this picture?
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:
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:
See Phil’s Bad Astronomy Blog for more discussion of how he did it.