Byron Bay photographer Dylan O'Donnell took this photo of the International Space Station flying past the moon.
Byron Bay photographer Dylan O'Donnell took this photo of the International Space Station flying past the moon. Dylan O'Donnell

A bird? A plane? No, it’s the International Space Station

IT WAS a moment of elation for Byron Bay photographer Dylan O'Donnell when he snapped this spectacular image recently.

"I got her again! The International Space Station flying past the moon tonight (June 18) over Byron Bay with Tim Peake aboard, who prepares to return to earth tomorrow," he wrote on his website.

"I'm so happy to get this as it was cloudy all day and night, but cleared beautifully for the crucial split second so all my planning paid off!

"Almost exactly a year ago today I captured Scott Kelly in the ISS much the same way, but tonight I used about 50 x 1/1600 frames to also stack and mosaic the entire moon within a few seconds of the transit to show the full disc of the moon and a cleaner shot with full colour detail.

"The transit itself lasted 0.47 seconds. Woohoo!"

Dylan's photo has more than 12,000 likes on Facebook, almost 5000 shares and 1400 comments.

Many of the comments praise the photographer's skill, but there are plenty of sceptics, and Dylan is happy to answer them on his website and Facebook account: "As promised, you can download a high res (5000x5000px) JPEG image here. And the RAW file for all the conspiracy theorists here."



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