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Even the Sun is getting into the Halloween spirit this year. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) just captured these awesome images of solar activity that make it look like the Sun has decided to dress up as the solar system’s largest, creepiest jack-o’-lantern.

The SDO has three instruments. The Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager studies the magnetic field on the Sun’s surface. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly is designed to study the solar corona, taking images 1.3 solar diameters in multiple wavelengths. The Extreme ultraviolet Variability Experiment is designed to investigate the varying spectrum of the Sun’s radiant energy and its interaction with the environment.

The goal of the SDO is to combine the data from these three instruments to improve our understanding of the solar physics that drives activity in the Sun’s atmosphere, which in turn drives space weather in the heliosphere and on the surface of planets.

Head over to Nerdist to learn more about NASA’s phenomenal work at the the SDO and how they’re able to show us our Sun as we’ve never seen it before.

[via Nerdist]

There are dominoes and there are mini dominoes. As Technabob puts it, “This is like the flea Olympics for domino nerds.” Mini dominoes are 80 times smaller and over 100 times lighter than standard dominoes, which places them squarely under the purview of the Department of Miniature Marvels. This awesome video documents Sinners Domino Entertainment of Germany breaking the Guinness World Record for Most Mini Dominoes Toppled. Before you can topple 2,000 teeny-weeny dominoes, you have to patiently set them all up. In this case, that means the painstaking use of tweezers and, we’re guessing, holding your breath. Whatever you do, don’t sneeze.

[via Technabob]

Cue the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. We’ve see all sorts of awesome photos and video footage shot by astronauts aboard the ISS, so now lets take an extraordinary peek at the space station itself. The European Space Agency's Optical Ground Station (OGS) at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, Spain just captured a brief, but awe-inspiring video of the ISS floating in space.

This extraordinary video clip was recorded at ESA’s Optical Ground Station (OGS) at about 19:05 UTC on 8 October 2014 as the station illuminated the ISS with a 3.6-Watt 532-nm green laser, used for testing next-gen optical communication technologies. The video clearly shows the ISS bathed in green light as it is tracked by the OGS through the 4-minute pass at an altitude of about 420 km.

Click here to watch the video clip (and don’t forget to add the soundtrack).
[via Sploid]

Cue the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. We’ve see all sorts of awesome photos and video footage shot by astronauts aboard the ISS, so now lets take an extraordinary peek at the space station itself. The European Space Agency's Optical Ground Station (OGS) at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, Spain just captured a brief, but awe-inspiring video of the ISS floating in space.

This extraordinary video clip was recorded at ESA’s Optical Ground Station (OGS) at about 19:05 UTC on 8 October 2014 as the station illuminated the ISS with a 3.6-Watt 532-nm green laser, used for testing next-gen optical communication technologies. The video clearly shows the ISS bathed in green light as it is tracked by the OGS through the 4-minute pass at an altitude of about 420 km.

Click here to watch the video clip (and don’t forget to add the soundtrack).

[via Sploid]

Today the Department of Awesome Parenting salutes a dad who helped his kids complete one of the most cutting-edge LEGO projects we’ve ever not seen. Yes, you read that correctly. John Wray and his two kids spent the weekend painstakingly assembling an extraordinarily complex 3,200-piece model of Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet.

It was a massive undertaking (even the instructions were invisible), but the family worked together and, as you can’t plainly see here, the LEGO model looks exactly like the real thing. Congratulations to the Wray family. You’re super awesome!

[via Kotaku and Reddit]

Behold the super awesomeness of this massive green macaron. You aren’t dreaming, we just pinched ourselves to make sure. This enormous cookie was custom-made by Pierre Hermé, the famous French pastry renown for his macarons, who dubbed his colossal creation the “Big Macaron.” It was presented as a special prize to the runner-up wrestler at the Sumo Senshuraku championship tournament in Japan.
We might consider taking up sumo wrestling if it meant a chance at getting our hands on monster macaron like this.
Photo via @sumokyokai
[via RocketNews24]

Behold the super awesomeness of this massive green macaron. You aren’t dreaming, we just pinched ourselves to make sure. This enormous cookie was custom-made by Pierre Hermé, the famous French pastry renown for his macarons, who dubbed his colossal creation the “Big Macaron.” It was presented as a special prize to the runner-up wrestler at the Sumo Senshuraku championship tournament in Japan.

We might consider taking up sumo wrestling if it meant a chance at getting our hands on monster macaron like this.

Photo via @sumokyokai

[via RocketNews24]

"There’s no star system Slave I can’t reach, and there’s no planet I can’t find. There’s nowhere in the galaxy for you to run. Might as well give up now."

LEGO + Star Wars = Super Awesome and this LEGO model of Slave I, Boba Fett’s Firespray-interceptor-class ship first seen in The Empire Strikes Back, is one of the most geektastically wonderful things we’ve ever seen.

But wait, this isn’t simply a one-of-a-kind model, it’s an official 1,995-piece LEGO model kit. This glorious replica of Slave I measures 7 inches (20cm) high, 17 inches (45cm) long and 14 inches (37cm) wide (in landing mode). Scaled for minifigs, the kit includes Boba Fett, Bespin Guard, Stormtrooper and Han Solo minifigs along with their weapons. And it gets even better still: also included is a minifig-sized Han Solo in carbonite.

Here are some additional features:

  • Rotating cockpit and wings, opening side hatches with hidden guns and missiles, 2 rotating dual shooters, cargo hold and a display stand with data sheet
  • Weapons include special blaster pistol for Boba Fett, blaster pistol for Bespin Guard and a blaster rifle for the Stormtrooper
  • Boba Fett and Bespin Guard minifigures are unique to this set
  • Rotate the cockpit and wings for flight and landing mode
  • Place carbonite-imprisoned Han Solo in the cargo hold
  • Open the side hatches to unleash missiles from the hidden guns
  • Display stand

This LEGO Star Wars Slave I kit is being released in January 2015. We don’t know about you, but we’re going to start writing our letter to Santa Claus right now.

[via Leg Godt]

Holy web-weaving wonders, Batman! An exceptionally ambitious garden spider spun this awesome web across the garage door belonging to 74-year-old Russell Harding in Colerne, Wiltshire, England. The spiderweb covered a 6-foot-wide span across Harding’s driveway and attached to the wing mirror of his car. At the center of the web sat a proud 1.5 inch-wide lady Orb-weaver spider, presiding over her great work, which remained intact for three days.

'I don't understand how the spider did it, it was incredible,' he said. 'I'm just mystified. It was right across the path way, I had to move it to walk through, I managed to detach it from my wing mirror and move it 90 degrees to a bin so it was still in tact but we could leave our house.'

'I have never seen a web that big before. My wife would have actually passed out if she had walked into the web. There would have been a lot of screaming. Fortunately it had been a very dewy morning which highlighted the web so I saw it before I walked into it.'

Photos by Russell Harding

[via The Daily Mail and BuzzFeed]

You could search for Bigfoot by just randomly walking around in the forest screaming “Bigfoot” at the top of your lungs or you could use science! Our Bigfoot Research Kit contains items that easily double (maybe triple!) your chances of finding Bigfoot. Probably the most helpful advice is in the included informational booklet. It lets you in on the secret that Bigfoot is an introvert, so he’s cool if you’re mellow, but don’t come on all harsh and huggy. So, how do you approach Bigfoot? You have to buy this kit to find out! Kit includes stickers, a membership card, evidence flags, the previously mentioned informational booklet, field journal, a magnifier and scat bags.
Buy one here

You could search for Bigfoot by just randomly walking around in the forest screaming “Bigfoot” at the top of your lungs or you could use science! Our Bigfoot Research Kit contains items that easily double (maybe triple!) your chances of finding Bigfoot. Probably the most helpful advice is in the included informational booklet. It lets you in on the secret that Bigfoot is an introvert, so he’s cool if you’re mellow, but don’t come on all harsh and huggy. So, how do you approach Bigfoot? You have to buy this kit to find out! Kit includes stickers, a membership card, evidence flags, the previously mentioned informational booklet, field journal, a magnifier and scat bags.

Buy one here

Source mcphee.com

Japan is relentless in their efforts to incapacitate us with outrageously cute and singularly odd creations. First there were the Banana Bird capsule toys, then came the Bread dogs, and now - while we were already reaching for the smelling salts because of the previous two - they’ve gone and created Gashapon toy versions of the real-life sushi cats (“Neko-Sushi”) that we featured here last year.

Such an awesomely powerful combination of weird and cute may cause a disturbance in the Force. They’re certainly making it difficult for us to think about pretty much anything else. Although we are also suddenly craving sushi for lunch…

Head over to RocketNews24 for additional photos.