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Say Cheese: Man Captures Close Up Shots of Sun From His Backyard

Say Cheese: Man Captures Close Up Shots of Sun From His Backyard

Armed with a camera and some special filters attached to it, Alan Friedman captures these magnificent shots of the sun from his backyard! The captured images are raw and colorless, because apparently the sun doesn’t like people admiring its beauty up close. After some post-production, which requires a lot of coloring, adjustments and finesse, the images look like what we see here.

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Meteorite Shower Hits Russia [videos]

Meteorite Shower Hits Russia [videos]

A meteorite shower has made its way across the Ural region of Russia, and in their fury the metorites have injured 250 people and damaged numerous buildings in six cities. Russian officials say the event happened after the disintegration of a large meteor in the Earth’s lower atmosphere, which then proceeded to hit numerous locations with its fragments.

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Long Exposure Shots of Star Trails as Seen From the International Space Station

Long Exposure Shots of Star Trails as Seen From the International Space Station

Going on the trail of stars from space, astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station captured these beautiful long exposure shots of star trails as seen from the ISS. Don says the photographs represent a time exposure of 10 to 15 minutes, but since modern cameras allow at best a 30 second exposure, these images we see are a result of a stack of multiple 30-second exposure images stacked together.

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Just A Giant Star System Eye in Space [pic]

Just A Giant Star System Eye in Space [pic]

Fomalhaut System, as NASA incorrectly calls this, is clearly a gigantic eye in space looking straight at us. We just call it a giant eye, since we could not decide if it should be attributed to Sauron, Galactus, God or Arnold from Terminator. In any case, the giant star system is massive in size and eye, and seems to have a planet that isn’t really following any course and is the source of curiosity for NASA right now.

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Moonlit Earth As Seen From Space

Moonlit Earth As Seen From Space

We’ve only recently seen a night-time view of earth as captured by NASA satellites. Well, this is like that, but different. This set shows the same region of the earth, the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula to be specific, and displays what it looks like from space during different phases of the moon cycle. The images were all captured in 2012 and show a nice touch to the moonlit nights of our little blue marble.

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NASA’s Next Gen Spacesuit Is A Toy Story Reminder

NASA’s Next Gen Spacesuit Is A Toy Story Reminder

NASA is now showing off its new Space Suit that will probably be pressed into service by around 2015. And well, it seems to be obviously much like Buzz Lightyear’s space suit in Toy Story. NASA’s concerns although weren’t to make the astronauts look adorable, but more in favor of practical advantages. The new suits have a rear entry hatch that lets astronauts just slip in and close the rear hatch.

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NASA Shows One of the Clearest Images of Night Earth

NASA Shows One of the Clearest Images of Night Earth

NASA and NOAA have released a series of composite images that show the Earth shining in the night. These high quality images are sharp enough to capture light from wildfires, and sensitive enough to even include lights from boats. The images were captured separately over a course of 312 orbits and when stored, required a space of 2.5 terrabytes. These high quality images were captured using the VIIRS, Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite.

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Telescope Looks at Space, Finds a Giant Eye Staring Back

Telescope Looks at Space, Finds a Giant Eye Staring Back

The giant cosmic eye here is the Helix Nebula is a combined image created by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. Located 650 light years from us in the constellation of Aquarius, the nebula represents a dying star known as a planetary nebula. This is what scientists expect the sun to look like, 5 billion years from now, as it goes the planetary nebula way.

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