Imagine planet Earth from an outsider's point of view. From many light-years away, it probably wouldn't seem all that impressive through some sort of futuristic telescope technology. Anyone watching Earth as a transiting exoplanet wouldn't see our world as a vibrant oasis suffused with blue, green, and tan, as it appears in up-close satellite images. They would simply see a lump of rock getting in the way of the Sun.

The real fun would start if those looking could zoom in more. A lot more. So much they could spy on our lives. If that sounds interesting to you as well, there's a Twitter account that shows our everyday life without any filters. Out of Context Human Race shares fan-submitted images (and sometimes videos) that paint a broad picture of what's going on around here. Continue scrolling and check some of them out.

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Drew
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11 months ago

RIP Sean Lock 😥 Let's bump this one up please

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Vic
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11 months ago

Well played, Luke!!

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Lisa Kaltenegger, an astronomer at Cornell University, enlisted the help of Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist who works at Hayden Planetarium, and together they took on the task of identifying stars that might host alien worlds where the residents—past, present, or future—would have a chance of detecting Earth as a transiting exoplanet.

In other words, these planets would have just the right vantage point to observe a slight dip in the brightness of our sun as Earth crosses, or transits, in front of it. It's actually the most successful method we use to find planets beyond our solar system as they orbit around their own host stars, creating tiny blips in the light we can see with astronomical instruments.

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boredpanDaman
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11 months ago

hahah, love it!

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Jihan Kim
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11 months ago

we are waterproof by the way..

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

Poor gotye... ): His songs are classics

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In June, Kaltenegger and Faherty announced their results in Nature with an extensive list of stars that have either had, or will later have, the required orientation to discover our planet. Using a time range from 5,000 years ago (a period when civilizations on Earth first began to sprout) to 5,000 years into the future, the duo identified over 2,000 stars.

Not only does their study provide a resource to exoplanet hunters by highlighting which stars they can pay attention to, but it also reminds about our unique—and a bit unsettling—visibility to the rest of the universe. "I felt spied on a little bit," Faherty told WIRED, remembering the uncanny sensation of being overexposed. "Do I want to be on a planet that can be found?"

Do you? Who knows, maybe Out of Context Human Race aren't the only ones watching us.

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Couch potato
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11 months ago

The irony...

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beastmachine.
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11 months ago

So is it possible to buy a Dutch pillow and return it saying that it's a French one and asking for the refund amount of French pillow?

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Brian Bennett
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11 months ago

Looks like it is specifically made for gulls!

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Toea Muresan Iulia
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11 months ago

mean, but funny

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Ancsuri
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11 months ago

And Daniel is waiting in the box...

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Lauren Caswell
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11 months ago

Karl Pilkington is a walking out of context human ^-^

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Serial pacifist
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11 months ago (edited)

Oh, a black belt in passive-aggressive cynicism. I salute you, sensei.

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boredpanDaman
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11 months ago (edited)

i hate these things

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Serial pacifist
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11 months ago

'll just pick up my pieces and walk out.

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Scagsy
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11 months ago

I once told the missus to hurry up and finish watering the garden before it rains. I seem to remember suddenly becoming wet myself.

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IzzieM
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11 months ago

I hope the person who did this gets the help he needs...the article was a blast to read, though!

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

Its bigbrain tim-

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Vic
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11 months ago

"12 more cans than 3" would be more lucrative, no?

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

How DID they like that?

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Serial pacifist
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11 months ago

Yeah, a non-man slew his Nazgul and now he has to take the subway. Tough days for the darkers.

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

Is he now? 😏

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

This is the guy I need. Come to my nearest supermarket now

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

This kid gives zero f***s to gravity

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Sigrid Johanesdóttir
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11 months ago

That looks like summer in Iceland

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Vic
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11 months ago

Runn Peppa run..

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JB
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11 months ago

There are Irish ones. And, just as Irish Whiskey is triple distilled while Scotch is double distilled, Irish bagpipes play 2 octaves and Scottish ones just one. https://comparebagpipes.com/bagpipes/irish-bagpipes/

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Scagsy
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11 months ago

And they coloured in a wonderful picture of a unicorn crossing a stream and lived happily ever after.

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Brandy Grote
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11 months ago

Don't use vaseline. It's not designed for that, is drying, and you may get irritated from it. Water based lube, lots of it, and patience are what's needed.

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Brandy Grote
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11 months ago

Looks like you've had enough anyway.

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Mark Howell
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11 months ago

Swindon was a small village when this was built. Then people who entered it just settled there rather than trying to get out ;o)

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CH1990
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11 months ago

Took me a while to find out where those legs in the window came from xD

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Scagsy
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11 months ago

Safest man in Scotland stood in front of the most confused man in Scotland.

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Brandy Grote
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11 months ago

Ouch!

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Monday
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11 months ago

I'd be pretty damn happy with 3rd place too

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Caro Caro
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11 months ago

Anyone who takes an iq test online is dumb.

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Bathsheba
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11 months ago

There is no context that excuses this.

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JB
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11 months ago

Alcohol goes bad? Quick, to the liquor cabinet!

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Al Cook
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11 months ago

Does anyone know what the content of that actually is?

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KJ
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11 months ago

Less Carling to drink is a win in my book.

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Brandy Grote
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11 months ago

What do you think the CDC does? They also store viruses and diseases to study them.

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