Astronomy pictures of the fortnight LVII

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Bonus material, two videos worth your time:

  1. Flying over earth at night as viewed from the ISS
  2. Coronal rain on the sun plasma in the solar corona cools and falls back, a phenomenon known as coronal rain. Because they are electrically charged, electrons, protons, and ions in the rain were gracefully channeled along existing magnetic loops near the Sun’s surface, making the scene appear as a surreal three-dimensional sourceless waterfall.

Gallery w/descriptions below the jump…

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