The International Space Station Passes in Front of a Supermoon in a Carefully Timed Photo

Photographer Kris Smith captured a carefully timed image of the International Space Station transiting in front of the October 2016 supermoon that makes the football-field-sized space station look like a small bird. The October supermoon was the first of three consecutive full moons that fall on the perigee point of the Moon’s orbit where it is closest to the Earth, making it appear larger than usual.

What are those specks in front of the Moon? They are silhouettes of the International Space Station (ISS). Using careful planning and split-second timing, a meticulous lunar photographer captured ten images of the ISS passing in front of last month’s full moon.