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Thousands of homes are without power as storms ravage Ireland. As this video shows, it's no joke.

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The Associated Press reports of this amazing occurrence captured on video in North Dakota by retired engineer, George Loegering. According to the AP, experts say the phenomenon developed from a rare combination of "cold, dense air, and an eddy in the river."

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In this dramatic footage released via YouTube earlier this week, the 24 -acre Bayou Corne sinkhole swallows an entire grove of trees in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Since its discovery little over a year ago, the sink hole has grown 30 times in size and continues wreaking havoc to this day.

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Watch this footage of a Tokyo commuter train taking a direct hit of lightning while crossing a railway bridge. According to the Telegraph, the carriages briefly lost power as a result of the strike, but no one was injured and the service resumed within 10 minutes.

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A new species of spider that builds decoys of larger spiders to scare away potential predators may have been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon, according to science educator and biologist Phil Torres in a recent interview with Wired. Hat tip goes to The Verge.

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Fishermen use flares to attract fish at night. Also check out the video footage.



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A rock-climber performs a "porch swing" fall from near the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

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Spanish artist Javier Riera's landscape-based artwork explores the relationship between nature and geometry using projectors and geometric pattern filters.

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This is a false-color composite image of Valles Marineris, Planet Mars' very own Grand Canyon, captured by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) aboard ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. Stretching across the Martian highlands for 2,485 miles (4,000 kilometers) in length, 124 miles wide and up to 6.8 miles deep, Valles Marineris is considered one of the largest known canyon systems in the solar system.



Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.

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That's gotta itch -- a lot.

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Last night, people had a chance to see the moon at its closest orbit to Earth while being full. Coupled with Cinco de Mayo shenanigans and the fact that it was a full moon, the streets were probably littered with tears and booze. For every argument gone terribly wrong, however, there are some cool supermoon shots like this one.

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