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This is a really cool gallery of photos from Wired of what our solar system actually looks like.  As so many space photos are super-enhanced.  Still pretty, pretty cool.

PHOTOS OF SPACE are everywhere online. Their beauty is dazzling, showing a universe awash in color and light. But if you’re a skeptic, you’ve likely wondered whether it all truly looks like that in real life.

Michael Benson tries his best to show you in his exhibition Otherworlds: Visions of Our Solar System. The artist took data from NASA and ESA missions to make 77 images of everything from Pluto to Europa that approximate true color as much as humanly possible. The work spans five decades of space exploration, and presents a realistic, flyby tour of the universe. “I feel like if these places are so alien to our direct experiences anyway, then they should be colored the way they would be seen,” he says.

Benson, 53, was fascinated with space while growing up, but became truly obsessed when the Internet came along. In the late 1990s, he logged onto an early modem and spent hours perusing pictures of Jupiter that Galileo sent down. By the early 2000s he started making composite space photos, and is now renowned for his work—director Terrence Malick even enlisted his help for the space scenes in Tree of Life. In Otherworlds, Benson tries his best to create images that represent what a moon or planet might actually look like if you could peer at it out a spaceship window.

Jupiter and Ganymede, the planet’s largest moon. Cassini, January 10, 2001. NASA/JPL/Michael Benson, Kinetikon Pictures, courtesy of Flowers Gallery

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Amazing series of Philippines Volcano photos at Bored Panda:

Taal Eruption


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Gallery of animals rescued from Australian fires:

A koala named Paul, from the Lake Innes Nature Reserve, is treated for burns at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, in Port Macquarie, Australia, on November 29, 2019. #

Nathan Edwards / Getty

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From an NYT story on a volcanic eruption in the Philippines.  Wow.

Streaks of lightening through the column of ash from the Taal Volcano.

Credit…Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

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Atlantic with a gallery of Australia fire photos.

A koala receives water from a cyclist during a severe heatwave that hit the region, in Adelaide Hills, South Australia, on December 27, 2019. 

Instagram user @BIKEBUG2019 via Reuters

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You know I love a good eclipse.  Nice NYT feature on the recent Annular (i.e., ring of fire) eclipse.

Kuwait City.

Credit…Yasser Al-Zayyat/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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Damn did I love the NYT decade in photos feature.  Really like the natural drama in this one:

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland, April 18

The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano sent ash clouds soaring 18,000 to 33,000 feet into the sky, causing a sweeping shutdown of airspace over northern Europe that left thousands of flights canceled.

 Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson/; FocusOnNature

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