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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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61.

j    

God is real...glorious...he shows us all the time...

and yet you disbelieve...

you will remember this moment of doubt and HE will remind you...

HE says we are to come to HIM like children...

who look in wonderment and awe and trust...

yet you will not see with your hearts...

Alpha and Omega Beginning and End

1962 days ago
62.

C_IL    

I'm skeptical, but if it is real...an amazing shot!

Side note: The commander's mom was one of my teachers (Sharon Altman).

1961 days ago
63.

AO    

I dare any of you skeptics to take a telescope and look at the Sun without any filters, then come back when you lost all your eyesight because the bright light burned your retina and everything in it to a crisp. I can find plenty of pics of the Sun looking like this in any astronomy-related book or website. You merely need special filters to block out the massive light. With the proper protection (and I am NOT talking about sunglasses), you can even look directly at the Sun and not go blind.

To make a long story short: this photo is real, as are the rest on that guy's site.

1961 days ago
64.

Alan    

thats a lot of crap. Thats a lemon with a black mark on it. How stupid can people be.

1955 days ago
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