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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/22/2011

A hurricane in outer space, and a flying saucer in the Texas sky


(NASA)
Are the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space trading places?

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit this week, NASA pointed it at this pair of interacting galaxies known as Arp 273. The stars in the foreground are from the Milky Way. The swirl of the distant galaxy looks like a hurricane to me (but galaxies and hurricanes form in different ways).

The exploding mass of thunderstorms over Texas Wednesday - shown below - might remind you of something out of this world, like a flying saucer. But to AccuWeather’s Jesse Ferrell (who acquired the imagery), it most resembles... a cheeseburger.


(NASA)

Also trading places? Washington, D.C. and London, England. It’s currently 48 with light rain in D.C., and 77 and sunny in London.

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