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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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46.

Brewster    

Transiting the Sun
In this tightly cropped image, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope.

The phtographer made this image using a solar-filtered Takahashi 5-inch refracting telescope and a Canon 5D Mark II digital camera.


http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1354.html

1933 days ago
47.

stringmaster    

Its a great shot, too bad ITS FAKE! any physicist can tell you: 1-the object is not bright enough to be the sun, or even a large solar planet, and 2-coming from a quantum physics background, light bends through gravity waves, like the ones given off by the shuttle, which would cause the light to highly blur, or obliterate the shuttles profile, no matter what distance it is from the sun (ship or camera) it's sad that with all the real amazing shots out there, people still have to waste our time with fakes. email me wiht comments piamerriman@yahoo.com

1933 days ago
48.

infamous    

Go to space.com to get the real details. There, they report the truth and yes, this is in fact REAL.

1933 days ago
49.

jboooo    

soooo not real nice try though!

1933 days ago
50.

Sheryl    

If it was taken by a hubble telescope, it wouldn't look like that. Errors in the picture:

1. The background should be totally black, not brownish
2. Sun is fiery orange, not pale, egg-yellow, yellow
3. Sun doesn't have a single color; it is spotted, with areas nearing to red in color, some in orange, while some a bit darker. It's because of the gasses.
4. Sun doesn't have a perfect circular shape. Like most heavenly bodies, they have this spherical with pointed-like top shape because of their rotation, revolution and gravitational pull from other heavenly bodies with bigger mass.

Oh, my blabbing is really pointless; believe what you want to believe. One look at it and I just know it's a fake. I just sorta remember my elementary and science high school class, come to think that I'm not even a star student.

1933 days ago
51.

pattie in cali    

AWESOME if true great shot anyway. :)

1933 days ago
52.

Isabella    

I'll tell you the equipment,settings and prepartion it took...the sillhouette of a teeny tiny bug on the in front of a yellow balloon. (lol) nice try

1933 days ago
53.

DMennenoh    

Come on people... it is not Photoshop. I saw this the other day at spaceweather.com as well. If you've ever seen any images of the sun before, you would know it can indeed look just like that. For $600 you can even buy yourself a solar telescope and see similar things. RIght now there's not much solar activity either, like one sun spot. See current sun conditions on spaceweather

1933 days ago
54.

Boxer12    

Amazing! Makes you realize what a real lens can do

1933 days ago
55.

chrisa    

# 11/purple smurf,
love it!

i know exactly what you mean when you speak of a "sky god". way too many people follow/worship this type of a god. if you ask me, things would be a whole lot better in this world, if people updated their thinking when referring to "god".

at some point, if we are ever going to survive at all, the idea of a temperamental, paternal, punishing and tribal deity has to be abandoned and replaced with more modern views.
by taking baby steps and gaining knowledge and understanding of the evolution and age of the cosmos, along with the most basic understanding of physics, this will indeed go a long way to guiding people to a richer and more fulfilling type of "spirituality" and hopefully, the desire to improve relations within our world and a new and determined path to ensure the health and longevity of the planet we share.

("spirituality"not to be confused with religion, being religious or any organized and ancient belief system)

1933 days ago
56.

lola_uk    

check out the Nasa website, this photo is authentic.

1933 days ago
57.

chrisa    

c'mon people, it is not photo shopped, it is awesome. now take your conspiracy filled heads outta your asses and appreciate it for the sheer beauty and wondrousness of it all.

if anything, the utter vastness of our universe and the amazing tapestry of images that have been collected to date via the hubble, should make folks put the petty little dramas in their lives into perspective.

1933 days ago
58.

Heather    

UHHH.... this was on NASA's website a few days ago..... with a bunch of other pics just like that! IT WAS TAKEN FROM THE HUBBLE!!!!

1932 days ago
59.

cmh    

The sun is 93 million miles away genius.

1932 days ago
60.

Brewster    

IT WAS NOT TAKEN BY THE HUBBLE!!! It was taken by a land based telescope!! Check out the full image and story. This is a tightly cropped photo. Another picture includes the Hubble. It would be hard for the Hubble to take a picture like this of ITSELF!!!
Transiting the Sun
In this tightly cropped image, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope.

The phtographer made this image using a solar-filtered Takahashi 5-inch refracting telescope and a Canon 5D Mark II digital camera.


http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1354.html

1932 days ago
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