NASA’s Incredibly Amazing Transit of Venus Photos

Though we’re used to scouring the Internet, looking for the best photos of celestial happenings (see Supermoon and solar eclipse photos), for yesterday’s transit of Venus we only had to look to NASA. The Solar Dynamics Observatory, which studies the Sun from a position 36,000km above the Earth, helped capture these incredible shots that would make just about anyone stand back in awe. SDO was able to take images in several different wavelengths, including extreme ultraviolet that shows the sun blazing with stellar magnetic field lines. According to Wired, “This is the first time that a satellite has taken such high-quality images of a transit of Venus.”

“We get to see Venus in exquisite detail because of SDO’s spatial resolution,” said agency astrophysicist Dr Lika Guhathakurta.

“SDO is a very special observatory. It takes images that are about 10 times better than a high-definition TV and those images are acquired at a temporal cadence of one every 10 seconds. This is something we’ve never had before.”

For those of you who are wondering what makes the traveling of Venus between the Sun and the Earth so special, it’s because it’s one of the rarest predictable celestial events. It happens in pairs eight years apart which are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.

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January 19, 2017

15 Street Artists Who Use the World as Their Playground

Street artists like Banksy and Space Invader have been playing with city dwellers for years, placing their work strategically for maximum impact. In fact, artists around the globe are constantly integrating their artwork into the landscape in unexpected ways. Working in large and small scale, the techniques and scope of work differ, but one thing they all have in common is their clever use of space.

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25+ Playful Kitchenware for People Who Love Animals

Whether you’re a master chef or can barely boil pasta, it doesn’t matter—cooking should be fun. Making the task enjoyable is easier than you think. Simply changing your kitchen utensils can bring some welcome whimsy to your stove and oven. Animals—both real and fictitious—are a fantastic way to do this. From quacky colanders to mythical ladles to pensive cheese graters, it’s a cinch to accessorize your space with animal themed kitchen tools.

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