A MAN captured an extremely detailed picture of the International Space Station (ISS) passing in front of the moon from his garden in Essex.

The ISS passed in front of the moon at 9.59pm on Friday, July 17 as John Press caught the event on camera from his Burnham-on-Crouch observatory.

The image is a montage of 100 frames taken from the observatory in his garden.

The ISS is the third brightest object in the sky and passes in front of the face of the moon at a time of only about half a second.

It is a project which involves NASA, as well as the Russian, Japanese and Canadian space agencies and the European Space Agency.

John said: "As the ISS orbits the Earth, every now and again it will appear to pass in front of various astronomical objects."

John is a member of the Burnham-based East Essex Astronomy Club and posted a video of the event on their Facebook page.

For help and advice on all things astronomical get in touch with the club through the Facebook page.

Visit their website at www.eeac.co.uk.