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Eiffel Tower Shape on the Sun Spotted by Photographer

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Eiffel Tower replicas are popping up all over the place: Vegas, Pakistan, and now the surface of the Sun.

On Monday, Swedish astronomy photographer Göran Strand was shooting the Sun from his backyard when he noticed an odd shape erupting from it. He switched to a stronger telescope and proceeded to capture about a thousand images of the occurrence. He then shared his discovery on Twitter. 

Despite the uncanny resemblance, the shape is a solar prominence, not a celestial homage to the Eiffel Tower. A prominence occurs when loops of ionized gas, or plasma, protrude from the Sun’s surface. This particular one was large enough to engulf seven Earths. 

The image Strand shared was stitched from 300 of his best shots in order to produce a clear view of the prominence. Astronomers and photographers like him use special filters that block out most light wavelengths except for those produced by burning hydrogen on the Sun’s surface. This results in a richer image quality, and saves photographers from frying their corneas by looking through a regular telescope. So if you're planning to search for solar activity that resembles iconic works of architecture, make sure to use the proper equipment. 

[h/t: Popular Science]

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Check Out These Images of Last Night's Spectacular Harvest Moon
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Each year, a special moon comes calling around the autumnal equinox: the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon—the full moon that falls nearest to the equinox—rises near sunset for several days in a row, making early evenings extra-bright for a few days when farmers traditionally reveled in the extra-long twilight while harvesting their crops at the end of the summer season. And because the moon looks larger and more orange when it's near the horizon, it's particularly spectacular as it rises.

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October 5 marked 2017’s Harvest Moon, and you may have noticed an extra spectacular sky if you were looking up last night. It's rare for the Harvest Moon to come so late in the year: The last time it came in October was in 2009. (Last year's fell on September 16, 2016.) Here are a few luminous lunar pictures from the event, some of which make the moon look totally unreal:

And if you missed seeing the event yourself, don't worry too much: the moon will still look full for several days.

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With Help From Photoshop and AI, No One Will Know You Blinked in That Photo
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After 15 minutes of posing for group photo after group photo, it looks like you’ve finally snapped the perfect one. Grandma is smiling, your nephew is sitting still, and even the dog is looking at the camera for once. Then, you find yourself in the corner: The shutter managed to capture the exact moment you blinked. Time to resume the positions.

With a new tool from Adobe, this scenario could become less common. Instead of retaking a picture every time someone closes their eyes, this feature would let you salvage the “ruined” photograph with a few clicks in Photoshop, Gizmodo reports.

The latest update of Photoshop Elements allows users to select the “Open Closed Eyes” option, choose which face in the photo they want to correct, and provide several additional photos of the subject with their eyes open. The software uses artificial intelligence to analyze each picture and determine which pair of peepers best matches the colors and lighting from the primary photograph. It then automatically pastes those eyes over the lids and blends them to make the addition look seamless.

Photoshop Elements (a simplified version of Adobe’s original image editor) offers many features that use AI algorithms to improve picture quality. Elements can automatically generate backgrounds when you move objects in a photo, suggest the best effects, and turn frowns into smiles. It even remembers the look you prefer and suggests personalized tone corrections. All of those capabilities and the new “Open Closed Eyes” tool are available today to customers who purchase Photoshop Elements 2018 for $100 (or upgrade their existing license for $80).

[h/t Gizmodo]

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