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This rare octopus is transparent letting us see its brain and internal organs.

Wu Yung-sen is a photographer and blackwater diver from Taiwan. He takes a very unique type of underwater photograph that lets us see deepwater creatures we normally would never get to see. To take the pictures, Yung-sen goes to a place in the ocean where the bottom is two-miles deep or more. At this depth, the water is so dark, it is completely black (thus the name - blackwater diving). He then lowers lights into the water and dives under the sea to a depth of about 50 meters where he waits for the sea creatures to show up. Yung-sen says the lights draw plankton to the area. The plankton then draw larger animals - jellyfish, squid, and fish - and Yung-sen quickly snaps the picture. Below is

Inversion layer creates picture that blurs the line between Earth and Space

  A wonderfully beautiful picture taken on the outskirts of the Atacma Desert shows a Geminids meteor falling in a perfectly dark sky above the apparently daylight landscape surrounding the La Silla Observatory (Chile). The picture, appearing to show a night sky in the daytime, is difficult to believe is not two separate images. Alas, the image’s unusual characteristic is possible because of an "inversion layer" located slightly above the 7,900 foot observatory. An “inversion” is an unusual deviation from the normal atmospheric properties that vary with altitude. Normally the air within the lower atmosphere (called the troposphere) near the surface of the Earth is warmer than the air above it. This occurs because the lower atmosphere is heated from solar radiation striking the Earth’s surface. Given

Scientists capture first ever photo of light behaving as both a particle and a wave – and it’s a beauty

  Scientists have long believed that light can behave as both a particle and a wave but until today – it’s been a bit difficult to visualize and impossible to photograph. Now, researchers in Switzerland have taken the first ever picture of light as both a wave and a particle - and it's a beauty! To capture the historic photograph, researchers shot laser pulses at a tiny metallic nanowire and watched as the light moved in different directions along the metal wire (more accurately, they watched the emissions of electrons that occurs when light hits a metal surface). Then when the waves ran into each other, they snapped the historic photograph using a new ultrafast microscope. Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle

New jaw-dropping Hi-Def photo of Eagle nebula’s “Pillars of Creation”

  The iconic photo of the Eagle nebula’s “Pillars of Creation”, showing three “trunks” of gas and dust forming new stars, was taken in 1995 by the Hubble telescope. In 2014, after installation of a new camera with twice the resolution of the earlier one, a new hi-def photo of the Pillars of Creation has been released – and this one is just as draw-dropping as the original. Check it out above (the original photo is below).   Sources: NASA

Jaw-dropping photo of Milky Way, Northern Lights, and erupting volcano – all in one picture!

Although taken individually, the events are not all that uncommon but when they’re all captured in the same photograph, it’s mind-boggling. This photograph taken by Maciej Winiarczyk is believed to be the first time someone has photographed the Milky Way, Northern Lights, and an erupting volcano – all in the same jaw-dropping picture! Maciej Winiarczyk, from Caithness, Scotland, was at Jokulsarlon Lagoon in Iceland when he took the amazing picture of the Bardarbunga volcano erupting on October 21, 2014 (the Bardarbunga volcano is Iceland’s largest in over 200 years and it's still going today). At the same time, the angle of the photograph allowed him to squeeze the Milky Way into the picture. The addition of the glorious lights of the Aurora Borealis, which were exposed