The most amazing thing you've seen

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Someone asked this question the other day and I thought it was interesting. Aside from the birth of a child, what is the most amazing thing you've ever seen?

A tough question to be sure, but this is one thing that came to mind.

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I wouldn't call it amazing.
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That is one of those events that is burned into memory. I can still tell you exactly what I was doing, and where I was, when I heard the news report. The same is true for the first report heard about Chernobyl.
 
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I remember watching the Chernobyl incident on T.V. but it never really hit home. I watched the Challenger from my back yard though. I barely remember anything from that age (I was 6 or 7), but I definitely recall that.
 

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This video gets me every time. It must rank as one of the most amazing rides ever. It scares me to think of what I'd be willing to pay to change places with him; provided I knew I would survive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_8Mc-XWCyU&NR
 
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The launch of Apollo 11. It was special for me because I was there.
 

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Men walking on the moon.
 
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This image!

http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/entire/pr2010013a/web/

For me seeing this image was as close to Divine Intervention as im likely to get.
I love that image, and have a huge picture of it hanging up. I like how they changed the name of it, it was originally called the "Pillars of Creation" I thought. I guess someone had a problem with that, or perhaps it's a different angle on the Eagle Nebula. Mystic Mountain just doesn't have the same ring.
 
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I love that image, and have a huge picture of it hanging up. I like how they changed the name of it, it was originally called the "Pillars of Creation" I thought. I guess someone had a problem with that, or perhaps it's a different angle on the Eagle Nebula. Mystic Mountain just doesn't have the same ring.
The pillars and mountain images are 2 seperate images aren't they?
It's funny you should say that because I was torn between them, as which to label as my number 1
 
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Easily escaping earth's gravity.
 
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I've seen a tremendous double rainbow that occurred after a hurricane. I've seen a huge meteor with a flaming red tail. But the pelikan that ate that pigeon ( on you-tube ), that's pretty darn amazing.
 

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I had to google "double rainbow guy" to see what the joke was about. He sounded like he was on drugs, but he claims he wasn't.
I've seen a huge meteor with a flaming red tail.
That reminds me, I've seen an amazing meteor also. This one had an orange and blue tail. It split into two meteors before disappearing. And I saw this during midday in full sunlight. About one minute after the split I heard the sound of thunder.
 

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I saw a video clip on TV almost 20 years ago that I thought was pretty awesome. It was a clip from a race with some kind of high speed boats. During a left turn, the boat started doing some kind of weird wobbling motion, and the front of the boat came out of the water. Then the whole boat flew up on the air and rotated 250 degrees or so clockwise, so that the left edge of the boat hit the water to the right of where the boat was before. The driver fell out when the boat was upside down. He hit the water, but due to the high speed, he bounced up in the air. The boat also bounced. It started rotating in the other direction, and made it all the way back. The really sick part was that the driver landed on (or right next to) the driver's seat. Both the boat and the driver had lost about the same amount of speed, so he wasn't hurt, and when the people filming it were panicking and screaming that the race needs to be stopped, he just stood up and waved to them.
 
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Seeing as how I was just learning how to tie my shoes when most of the above events occurred, I guess the first would be the first images of mars from Pathfinder. Something about taking high res. images from the surface of another planet gave me a humbling feeling that never left.

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I think a close second would be the first time I saw Saturn and all of its moons in a telescope. I don't know what it is about that planet but I think I'll always remember sitting out in the freezing cold and for the first time realizing just how big the universe is.

saturn_aurora_uv.jpg
 

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Do the name "Titanic Tina" ring a bell?
 
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Damn, I wish I could feel as intensely as double rainbow guy. How great would that be?, to be that moved by nature. He's a legend.
 
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The launch of Apollo 11. It was special for me because I was there.
Same here. I took my family to see it. Pulling into a parking area, it was still fairly dark, and the giant Saturn 5 was lit by floodlights. It was like a science fiction set, but better because it was real. I still get watery eyes thinking about that scene and the liftoff. Later we drove to Kitty Hawk NC and watched the landing on a motel TV.

I was raised on Ray Bradbury, this seemed to pull everything together...
 

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I think a close second would be the first time I saw Saturn and all of its moons in a telescope. I don't know what it is about that planet but I think I'll always remember sitting out in the freezing cold and for the first time realizing just how big the universe is.
Interestingly, I got the opposite impression, though it had the same effect on me.

At a star party, I saw Jupiter and its moons in a pair of tripod-mounted binocs, and I realized just how close they were. I kept looking in the binocs then line-of-sight, then in the binocs then line-of-sight. Jupiter's moons are almost visible to the naked eye, and that made me feel like they're fruit hanging low from a tree, just waiting to be picked. I was sold on astronomy.
 
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The most amazing thing I've seen (but not in a good way) is the attacks on 9/11. I was shocked the entire day, I don't think I'll every forget those images...
 

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