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Terrifyingly Beautiful Photos of Incoming Storm Clouds

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The sight of an incoming storm can be both beautiful and ominous. Below you will find a stunning collection of landscape and cityscape photos that demonstrate the awesome power of nature. Clicking any image will take you to the original source.

If any particular photo catches your eye, be sure to check out more from each respective photographer as their portfolios are truly a pleasure to browse through.

Now get your umbrellas out!

 

1. En route to Denver, Colorado, USA

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Photograph by HALEY LUNA
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2. Near Booker, Texas, USA

The Booker Supercell

Photograph by MIKE OLBINSKI
Website | Flickr | Facebook | Twitter | Prints available

 

3. Timisora, Romania

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Photograph by ERVIN BOER

 

4. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

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Photograph by ROLF MAEDER
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5. Daytona Beach, Florida…

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This Guy Bought a Space Suit & Made a Photo Series About an Everyday Astronaut

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Last November, photographer Tim Dodd found himself the lone bidder of a Russian high altitude space suit on an auction website called RRauction and he’s been scheming how to best use the suit ever since. On his website, Dodd explains that he’s recently been revisiting his childhood love for space and his obsession was growing “stronger and stronger”.

Dodd decided that the best use of the suit was to project his inner child, the one that still dreams about space. And that’s how, A day in the life of Everyday Astronaut, was born. It’s Dodd’s first photo series (he’s a seasoned wedding photographer) and judging from the standalone Facebook page, Everyday Astronaut will (hopefully) become an ongoing photo series.

To see the entire 17-picture series, check out Dodd’s official website. You can also like his Official and Everyday Astronaut pages on Facebook.

If you have time…

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What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?

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What if a celestial body like Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system, was as close to the Earth as our moon? Would it fill the night sky? Illustrator and author Ron Miller sought to answer the question using the reference photograph above.

It’s important to note that this is strictly a visual exercise. If a planet like Jupiter were actually as close to Earth as the Moon, its immense gravitation would wreak havoc on our planet. So for the gallery below, please temporarily suspend your disbelief and just imagine how amazing it would be to see a planet like Saturn in such incredible detail.

For reference, the Moon is about 386,243 km (240,000 miles) from Earth and has a diameter of approximately 3,476 km (2,160 miles). The Earth’s diameter is 12,742 km (7,918 miles)

[Ron Miller/Black Cat Studios

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Star-Trails Captured from Aboard the International Space Station

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Currently on-board the International Space Station, NASA astronaut and Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit, recently uploaded an incredible gallery of star trails to NASA’s Johnson Space Center Flickr page.

Speaking about the star trails that result from taking long exposure images (i.e., a photo taken with a slow shutter speed), Petit relayed some information about the photographic techniques used to achieve the images:

“My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.”

In the amazing gallery below we get a surreal glimpse of Earth as seen from the…

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The “Underwater Waterfall” of Mauritius Island

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Photographer Unknown (via KULfoto.com)

 

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. Mauritius was first discovered by the Arabs in 975 AD, then by the Portuguese between 1507 and 1513. Since then there have been periods of succession and colonization between the French, Dutch and British. The island gained independence in 1968 and became a republic in 1992.

Located at the Southwestern tip of the island you will find a fascinating illusion. When viewed from above, a runoff of sand and silt deposits creates the impression of an ‘underwater waterfall’. Satellite views (as seen in the Google Maps screenshots below) are equally dramatic, as an underwater vortex seemingly appears off the coast of this tropical paradise.

[h/t pdmcmahon]

 

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Satellite Photograph by DigitalGlobe via Google Maps

 

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Satellite Photograph by DigitalGlobe via Google Maps

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