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At the Right Place and Time You Can See the Magical Yosemite Rainbowfall

In spring and fall, as the sun lowers its position on the horizon, a dazzling natural phenomenon can be seen from Yosemite National Park’s iconic ‘Tunnel View’. Late afternoon sunlight turns Bridalveil Fall into a glistening waterfall of colours. This display of nature’s watercolors varies depending on time of year, weather conditions, and how much water is in Bridalveil Fall. Photographer Greg Harlow recently captured the breathtaking phenomenon from Glacier Point. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/yosemite-rainbow-waterfall-video/

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A Solar Eclipse on Jupiter

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill A recent series of images released by NASA on September 12th, 2019, captured a solar eclipse on Jupiter as its moon, Io, casts a shadow on the colossal planet’s north equatorial belt. The raw images were then processed by NASA software engineer and data wrangler, Kevin M. Gill, in the gallery you see here. For those curious as to why the moon’s shadow on Earth during an eclipse appears fuzzy while Io’s shadow is so sharp, astrophysicist Dr. Katherine Mack explains: Io is so big & close…

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A Chilling Compilation of the Fires Currently Raging Across the Amazon

The following excerpt is from Brian Kahn’s article on Earther: What began as a “day of fire†a week and a half ago has now turned daytime skies in São Paulo an inky black. The Amazon has been in deep, deep trouble ever since far-right president Jair Bolsnaro took over running Brazil. Advocates feared his regime would commit ecological “genocide†in the Amazon and with each passing month, those fears are becoming reality.   Deforestation rates have spiked in recent months, and now large swaths of the world’s largest rainforest…

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Woman Sees Smoke, Starts Recording, and Captures an Eruption as It Happens

Boaters in the Mediterranean have captured the exact moment a volcano erupted on the Italian holiday island of Stromboli. The eruption occurred last Wednesday and tragically, flying debris from the blast killed a 35-year-old hiker from Sicily. Around 1,000 tourists fled as the island was evacuated. Stromboli, which is approx. 13 sq. km, has a population of around 500 people and its economy is based almost entirely on tourism – much related to the volcano. Known as “The Lighthouse Of The Mediterranean”, it stands 3,000 ft above sea level, and…

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In 1973 Japan Planted an Experimental Forest, Today It Looks like This

Photograph by Sankei News Photos of a mysterious crop circle-like pattern of trees recently made the rounds online and people had all kinds of bizarre explanations. It turns out the mesmerizing patterns were the result of some experimental forestry by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries nearly 50 years ago. The ministry was researching growth and tree spacing and planted this particular crop in 1973. To achieve this effect, researchers planted trees in 10 degree radial increments to form 10 concentric circles. The ‘crop circle’ forest can still…

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Rocket Creates Sky Ripples When It Passes Through Ice Crystals in a Cirrus Cloud

In this rare and amazing amateur footage, a NASA rocket is seen going supersonic just as it is passing through ice crystals in a cirrus cloud, creating ripples in the sky that looks like shockwaves. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/rocket-creates-ripples-in-the-sky/

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Amazing Light Pillars Spotted Over Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Photograph by Sophie Melanson Photographer Sophie Melanson recently shared an amazing set of photos on Facebook and Twitter of ‘light pillars’ over her hometown of Moncton, New Brunswick in Eastern Canada. According to CBC News: “Light pillars appear when either natural or artificial light bounces off ice crystals floating close to the ground. In this case, the air was so cold that ice crystals were forming in the air, reflecting the city’s street and business lights.” The web developer and amateur photographer told Global News it was the third time…

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Amazing Things Happen at the Grand Canyon and this Timelapse Captures Them Beautifully

Millions of visitors a year come to Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the most visited national park in the western United States. On extremely rare days when cold air is trapped in the canyon and topped by a layer of warm air, which in combination with moisture and condensation, form the phenomenon referred to as the full cloud inversion. In what resembles something between ocean waves and fast clouds, the Grand Canyon is completely obscured by fog, making the visitors…

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Guy Takes Slow Mo iPhone Vid of Passing Birds from a Train and It Looks Surreal

On a train from Orlando to Miami, a passenger took this surreal slo mo video on his iPhone 8 (at 1080p and 240 fps) of passing birds at Florida’s Turnpike. The train was travelling in the opposite direction at about 70-80 mph and it looks like the birds are frozen in time. The trippy video was posted last week to reddit by user davihey. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/slow-mo-of-passing-birds-from-moving-train/

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Theres a Wave in Australia Called Cyclops and It Looks Incredible

“Cyclops has its eye on you” is an awesome sequence, shot by Tom Jennings, of a terrifyingly beautiful wave off western Australia’s southern coastline called Cyclops. Surfline adds: It’s cool how this clip starts out looking like nighttime footage, then you realize it’s actually just shadowing from the lip. It’s cool how the slow-motion effect makes you believe this is a normal ocean wave, then you realize it takes a fully strapped jet-ski, hard-earned local knowledge and otherworldly courage to access it. It’s cool how the spot is named after…

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The Earth Pyramids of Italy: Where Boulders Perch Atop Pillars of Clay

One of the strangest landscape elements of the Alps are the so-called Earth Pyramids of South Tyrol. Especially during foggy conditions these pillars appear like from another world. Photographer Kilian Schönberger spent several hours on-location to capture the change of colors and light from dawn till noon. On Behance, Schönberger adds: These strange so-called earth pyramids were shaped by erosion. They remind a bit of hoodos in the SW of the U.S., but their origin is a bit different. Normally the pillars consist of deposited clay with a boulder on…

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Surreal Video of Postman Delivering Mail to Neighborhood Destroyed by Wildfire Goes Viral

Hours after the devastating California wildfires tore through Santa Rosa, professional drone pilot Douglas Thron filmed a postal worker delivering mail to the ravaged neighborhood of Coffey Park. Thron says while he was at the scene shooting aerial footage for NBC’s Today Show on Tuesday, he spotted the truck driving around the neighborhood. Thron tells Mercury News, “It was a trippy thing — he was actually delivering the mail. I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked-off, but he obviously had access.†San Francisco USPS…

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If You Get the Chance to See a Morning Glory Cloud, Do It

Photograph via solateor on reddit Last June, along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a Morning Glory cloud was spotted, much to the delight of everyone there. Nick Nerbonne was on hand to witness the rare meteorological phenomenon and took the incredible video embedded below which has been sped up to 4x the actual speed. Photograph via solateor on reddit Photograph via solateor on reddit Photograph via solateor on reddit Photograph via solateor on reddit Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2017/09/morning-glory-roll-cloud-lake-michigan/

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Chilling Footage Shows Hurricane Irma Destroying St Maartens Famous Maho Beach

Category-5 Hurricane Irma is seen in this chilling footage destroying St Maarten’s famous Maho Beach. The video was taken by the Maho Beach Cam located at the AAA Rent-A-Car in St Maarten. Maho Beach is famous for watching incoming planes flying extremely low. You can see our post on Maho Beach from 2013 here. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/hurricane-irma-destroys-maho-beach-st-maarten/

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