Space Station Crosses Moon's Face in Stunning Photo

ISS Transits the Near-Harvest Moon
Alexander Krivenyshev of captured this view of the International Space Station transiting the face of the nearly full moon from Edgewater, New Jersey, on Oct. 4, 2017. (Image credit: Alexander Krivenyshev,

The International Space Station (ISS) crosses the face of the nearly full moon in a gorgeous composite image snapped by astrophotographer Alexander Krivenyshev.

Krivenyshev, president of, took the pictures comprising the composite from Edgewater, New Jersey, on Wednesday night (Oct. 4), a day before the Harvest Moon took full effect. [The Moon: 10 Surprising Facts]

The ISS was silhouetted against the lunar disk for a mere 0.86 seconds Wednesday night, according to Krivenyshev, who has also captured the station transiting the face of the sun.

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The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest on the calendar to the beginning of autumn; it therefore usually comes in September. (The autumnal equinox occurs between Sept. 21 and Sept. 24, depending on the year.) Before Thursday (Oct. 5), there hadn't been an October Harvest Moon since 2009, according to skywatching columnist Joe Rao.

Six crewmembers currently live aboard the $100 billion ISS, which zips around Earth at an average altitude of 250 miles (400 kilometers). They are NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik, Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba; cosmonauts Sergey Ryazansky and Alexander Misurkin; and the European Space Agency's Paolo Nespoli.

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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.