They would both make stunning pictures in their own right.
But in the brief few moments the International Space Station passed over Haldon Belvedere near Exeter in clear skies on Sunday, they combined to create this awe-inspiring visual.
Captured by photographer John Baker at the 18th Century tower, also known as Lawrence Castle, near Exeter, the picture documents the short period the space station was in orbit over the South West.
The station, in the picture, appears as a streak in the sky but is also visible to the naked eye due to its size and low orbit and can be viewed in the region up until December 31.
The Teignmouth-based photographer said: “I have been a photographer for a long time, and I have been trying to find things to challenge and stimulate me.
"This space station has been up for a long time and I got a notification that it was going to be overhead and quite clear in the sky.
"I set myself the challenge of trying to get it with something interesting in the background.
"I managed to catch the station shooting across the sky and thought it was absolutely wonderful.”