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International Space Station photo by Newcastle astronomer goes viral


An astrophotographer from the North East has gone viral for his rare picture of the International Space Station.

Over the past year, Will Cheung has made seven attempts to capture the world's most famous satellite (ISS) passing across the sun.

The space station travels at 17,500mph roughly 250 miles away and so Mr. Cheung's window of opportunity for shooting the eclipse was under a second.

However, at 12.36pm (and 30 seconds) on 14 August near Bowburn in County Durham, Mr. Cheung finally got the photo he had been waiting for.

Mr. Cheung said: "I drove down and set up my camera and telephoto lens so I knew I was ready to get the photo – but you never know if the weather is going to be kind to you at that exact moment.


"Thankfully the skies stayed clear and I got it. I couldn’t quite believe it."


Mr. Cheung is a resident astronomer at Twice Brewed but also takes nature photos. Credit: Wil Photography

Resident astronomer at The Twice Brewed Observatory in Northumberland, Mr. Cheung has had a few tastes of online exposure.

Earlier this year, he captured a shooting star 'photobombing' a family posing at Hadrian's Wall.

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