The sky is full of endlessly wonderful things, though taking photos of said spectacles can be difficult -- especially if they're excessively celestial in origin. Thankfully, we have clever folk such as Maximilian Teodorescu who, with DSLR and telescope in hand, can take magnificent shots of space-bound objects, be they man-made or crafted by primordial forces. In this case, he's captured both at the same time... twice.
Armed with a 150mm Maksutov telescope and Canon 550D (shooting in RAW mode), Teodorescu managed to snag shots of the International Space Station crossing in front of the Sun and the Moon. The former was taken on July 13, while the latter on June 15 -- both this year.
It might just be me, but there's something strangely haunting about the Moon shot. The ISS almost looks like a space ship leaving its barren home world behind for somewhere more verdant.
In a blog post, Teodorescu describes the timing and settings used on his equipment to take the images, unfortunately it's in Russian, though Google Translate seems to provide a fair representation of its contents if you're curious. Along with the photos here, it includes some great snaps of various nebulae and the Andromeda galaxy.
Photos: Maximilian Teodorescu