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See These Amazing Photos of Winter Storm Jonas From Space

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If you live on the East Coast or in the mid-Atlantic region, the view out your window right now is probably a blur of blustery snow. Winter storm Jonas has been pummeling everywhere from Virginia to New England with snow mounting several feet high in places. The blizzard is plenty photogenic on the ground—but from up in space, it's something else entirely.

Scott Kelly, who's spending a year on the International Space Station, has tweeted several photos of the storm blanketing the coast:

NASA released a model of the storm created by their Center for Climate Simulation supercomputer:

And a series of satellite photos of the storm in action:

NASA's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which relies on light reflecting from the moon above and the infrastructure below, captured this image, at 2:35 a.m. EST on Friday, showing the storm sweeping across the country:

And at 2:15 a.m. EST on Saturday, it took this image of the storm right above major cities along the East coast:

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Can You Spot the Python Hiding in the Photo?
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A homeowner in Cooroy, Queensland, Australia came home to find a rather frightening surprise in his garage: what appeared to be a large snake was actually a pair of breeding pythons. Fortunately, the eagle-eyed experts at Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, a professional reptile relocation service, noticed that there was a second snake and snapped this photo after removing the first one. Would you have been able to spot the second slithery guy? Take a look at the photo above and see.

Give up? Scroll down to see where it was hiding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lazy Cyclists Help Make These Massive Bike Graveyards in China
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When bike share programs go right, they can make life easier for commuters while reducing a city’s impact on the environment at the same time. When they don't go exactly as planned, they can create sprawling bicycle graveyards like the one seen in these photos.

The eerie scenes, recently spotlighted by WIRED, can be found throughout the city of Hangzhou, China. Like many large cities, Hangzhou is home to an official bike share program. But there are also private bike share companies that give cyclists the option to pick up a bike and leave it wherever they please rather than return it to an official docking station. The result is thousands of bikes scattered around the city like junk.

In response to complaints, the city of Hangzhou has begun collecting these abandoned bikes and storing them in lots. These aerial images are a good indication of the sheer number of bikers the city has—and they also have a creepy, post-apocalyptic vibe. Check out the photos below.

Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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[h/t WIRED]

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