Atlantis racing past the sun

Just 20 minutes before re-entering Earth’s atmosphere, this amazing image show the Atlantis space shuttle as it hurtles across the face of the sun.

But the photo wasn’t taken by Nasa, nor by a professional astronomer using multi-million dollar equipment.

Instead, the photo, clearly showing the tiny silhouetted outline of the shuttle in front of the sun, were captured by an amateur photographer standing in his back garden.

Even more incredibly, French photographer Thierry Legault had only 0.9 seconds to get his shot – but still managed to capture the spacecraft four times as it travelled at 7.8km per second.

The complete AWESOME pictures can be seen here.

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