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Blue Sunset Mars

Most sunsets are boring, this one on Mars is not, or at least until humans start living on the Red Planet, and only then would it become a common sight. According to NASA, "The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this 30-second movie simulation using images from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity." Let's just hope they release a sunrise video next. Continue reading for the clip.

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Ghost Haunted Mansion

Countless stories about certain areas of Disney Parks being haunted have circulated throughout the years. Some theories say that Walt Disney himself walks the park after it closes each night, to this day, and you're about to see why. A video that first emerged a few years ago, shot from the security control room after the park was closed, show a vaporous figure walking down the Haunted Mansion pathway and right through a gate. Continue reading for the video.

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Paint Over Paint

Pouring paint over paint doesn't sound too exciting, but artist Holton Rower would like to prove otherwise. So, he gathered up his friends, took ordinary plywood, boxes, lots of acrylic paint, and started to create swirling, psychedelic art pieces that are half painting, half sculpture, and hypnotizing to say the least. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Unconditional Rebel

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When you film 80 extras lined up along a dirt road in an industrial area in France at 1000-frames-per-second, something magical happens: an entire 3.5-minute music video made from just 5-seconds of footage. Put simply, a car drove by at 31mph and filmed them engaging in a host of activities. French filmmaker Guillaume Panariello describes it as "the shortest shooting ever" and what unfolded as a "dreamlike mural." Sure, there were a few digital effects added later, but the ensuing "Unconditional Rebel" music video by French musician Siska is a conversation piece nonetheless. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today.

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View From Other Side

NASA has just released a video titled "A View From the Other Side", showing the moon's far side as it passes through its phases and libration. The views were created with imaging data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and complements NASA's annual Moon Phase and Libration visualization that shows the Moon as seen from Earth after theyreceived a number of comments requesting a view from the dark side. Continue reading to watch.

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Upwards Lightning

Upwards lightning is very rare natural phenomenon, with researchers estimating that less than 1% of lightning travels in an 'upwards' direction. This particular event was captured in Tropical Depression Dorian in Florida during August 2013. And, interestingly, of the three types of this phenomenon known to exist, all three were spotted in this one thunder cloud. According to Dr Ningyu Liu, upward electrical discharges transfer a large amount of electric charge into the upper atmosphere. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Camouflage Ocotopus

From afar, it's just a lifeless reef area, but once this diver gets closer, an octopus suddenly jumps into view as it deactivates its 'cloaking mechanism'. The footage you're about to see was captured by Jonathan Gordon in the Caribbean, and he says: "I dove down to have a look at the shell that you can see just under where the octopus appears and as I approached the octopus came out of hiding. I had literally no idea he was there until I was about a metre away." Continue reading to watch.

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Traveling at Speed of Light

Have 45-minutes to spare? This incredible video will take you from the surface of the sun to Jupiter in real-time, at the speed of light. Animator Alphonse Swinehart says: "In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in real-time, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system." Continue reading to watch.

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Other Planets Sky

The Russian Federal Space Agency has just released a mind-boggling animation that shows how the planet's horizons will appear if other celestial bodies replaced the sun. The first star you'll see is Alpha Centauri, the nearest visible sun to our own, and one of the brightest in the southern night sky. Located 4.3 light-years away, nearly 300,000 times the distance from the Earth to the sun, a double-star system would appear in our skies if it replaced the sun. It orbits a common center of gravity every 80 years with its companion, Alpha Centauri B. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Unreal Engine 4

At first glance, this appears to be an image from an apartment listing, but it's just "Unreal Paris," a portfolio-builder from level designer Dereau Benoit. While this Unreal Engine 4 tech demo doesn't use many particle effects and cityscapes, it does however manage to capture the reflection of sun off a kitchen counter as well as the shadows falling across the rough fabric of a couch. To accomplish this, Benoit sourced high-quality textures from elsewhere, and then used Unreal's manifold lighting options to create the lifelike apartment. Continue reading for the video and more information

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