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Coolest Photo Taken

in the History of EVER

5/15/2009 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

An amateur astronomer named Thierry Legault took this unbelievable photo of the Space Shuttle Atlantis silhouetted by our massive sun -- and you won't believe what it took to get the shot.

Space Shuttle
The shuttle (which is only 37m long and has a 24m wingspan) was traveling 17,500 mph at 350 miles above the Earth's surface -- and Lagault says he only had .8 seconds to get the shot. The sun looms in the background a mere 91 million miles away.

We're not going to get into what kind of equipment, settings and preparation it took -- because we're too busy staring at the pic to get into it. But you can check out another amazing shot on the dude's website.

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16.

artie help    

i hereby officially retire my TAG, and also want to say that GEORGE MICHAEL, once dragged his sack across my chin.

1966 days ago
17.

PurpleSmurf    

At #8. Military Tribunals have not been introduced the same way that Bush had them. They haven't been introduced yet. It is one of many options on the table. And if it's back on, it will be a lot more different than the system Bush had.

Catch up.

1966 days ago
18.

Angela    

I'm sorry but it looks like the outer part of someone's upper arm with a spot of black ink.

1966 days ago
19.

Chris    

I'm pretty sure this isn't real... the perspective is off, the distance, curvature, and look of the sun, pretty much everything. It's a great image, though!

1966 days ago
20.

Oh Yes She Did    

THE SHUTTLE WOULD HAVE BEEN BURNED TO A CRISP IF IT WAS THAT CLOSE TO THE SUN....THAT IS TOTALLY FAKE.

1966 days ago
21.

rgdownes    

Look at actual REAL pics of the sun on the Nasa site. This ain't it folks.

1966 days ago
22.

Jitesh Patel    

I WAS IMPRESSED BY THE SPACE SHUTTLE PIC NEXT TO THE SUN BUT TO MY PLAGENT SUPRISE I SCROLLED TO THE RIGHT AND SAW THE HOOTER GIRLS PAGEANT VIDEO WHICH IN MY OPIONION IS MUCH MORE DELIGHTLFUL THEN A TINY LITTLE SPACE SHUTTLE NEXT TO A ENORMOUS SUN...... HEHEHEHE

1966 days ago
23.

Herpes Ho Hilton    

Elektra, u are a gullible retard if u think this is real. Now put down the crack pipe, & YOU get a grip.

1966 days ago
24.

Disco Duck    

Photoshopped pic everyone.

1966 days ago
25.

Mik    

More stuff like this at spaceweather.com

1966 days ago
26.

Fan Since 2007!!!    

Yeah, I really don't understand why people aren't more outraged by that whole Air Force Onr fiasco. But I guess it's like an earlier poster once said. Obama could gas his own people and it would still be cool wth his supporters because he is...OBAMA!!!

1966 days ago
27.

Fan Since 2007!!!    

I can imagine the sun doesn't look right because it was filmed through a special filter.

1966 days ago
28.

Capt. Howdy    

this is a real photo from Nasa. I was looking at it before TMZ posted it. It's real ya'll Also, to all u a$$ holes who put TMZ down, why do u evan bother to log onto TMZ then. Ya'll don't make cents!

1966 days ago
29.

jj    

i thought it was a butt shot....it seems to me like is a mosquito sitting on Kim K's a$$

1966 days ago
30.

Kev    

PurpleSmurf just think without the stars how much more difficult it would have been for our ancestors to navigate. Maybe, just maybe it's one of the reasons they were put there. But hey, I guess all those precise variables that make life possible on Earth was just an accident, right??

1966 days ago
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