NASA just recorded the international space station flying in front of the solar eclipse

As the moon snuck in front of the sun during Monday’s total solar eclipse , a NASA photographer captured a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

Joel Kowsky , one of the space agency’s photo editors, was in Banner, Wyoming, to watch the solar eclipse when he photographed the International Space Station zooming in front of a crescent sun.

Below is a video Kowsky recorded using a high-speed camera that recorded 1,500 frames per second. He also photographed the ISS with a standard camera .

Such high-speed recording is necessary because the ISS is roughly the size of a football field, orbits Earth from 250 miles up, and moves at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour.

To capture such a fast-moving object from the right angle not only requires months or years of planning , but also a lot of luck.

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