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Via: GrandCanyonNPS
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On Thursday, the Grand Canyon literally filled with clouds, and the National Park Service posted a time lapse video of the rare event.

This "total cloud inversion" occurs when cool, damp air gets trapped in the bottom by warm air.

The phenomenon typically only takes place every few years.

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What better way to start your day than by checking out some of the cool things you probably missed at night?

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Well great, now I want to fly thousands of miles away from America right near its birthday. Awkward...

Via: European Space Agency, ESA
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If you have dreams of someday traveling into space, this video might make you drool with anticipation.

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst put together this amazing timelapse using 12,500 images taken during his six-month Blue Dot mission aboard the International Space Station.

During his time up there, he had a number of major accomplishments. According to the ESA, these included "installing ESA's furnace that can suspend and cool molten metal in mid-air, a spacewalk to maintain and improve the Space Station, and the docking of Europe's last Automated Transfer Vehicle – the largest spacecraft to supply the research centre."

Gerst would often set up cameras to take photos while he conducted his work, and you can check out his full feed of images on his Flickr page.

Via: Colossal
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This series of photographs was taken in the Maniwa and Okayama Prefectures of Japan. Using a slow shutter speed, the region's mating fireflies create an amazing scene of neon light on the natural landscape. Check out all of them here, and more in the gallery below!