Time and time again, NASA has proved itself capable of finding some of coolest shit in the universe.

Cool shit happening here. GIF from NASA.

Between diving satellites through gigantic space geysers, discovering alien planets and secrets of the universe, and taking amazing before-and-after pictures of our own planet, NASA has just been rocking it.


One cool and underappreciated NASA-chievement is the JunoCam project. NASA's made a huge Jupiter-centric photo gallery, pulling from both official Juno spacecraft images and user-submitted photos. Even cooler? The raw images are available to both professionals and the public and NASA is encouraging people to download and play around with them.

The resulting photos — some of which have been turned into true works of art — are stunning, and NASA has been quietly sharing the best of the best online.

Take a break from your Earthbound worries with these 12 stunning images of our solar system's largest planet:

1. There's just something soothing about the blue and red swirls spiraling across Jupiter's surface.

2. It's hard to have a care in the world — or this world, at least — when presented with these mesmerizing visuals.

3. Check out Jupiter's massive, swirling Great Red Spot...

4. ...and beautiful marbled coloring.

5. The cloud patterns across the planet are straight up hypnotic.

6. They're even more majestic when you realize some of those clouds may be the same size as Earth.

7. This photographer used images to put together this impressive guide to the planet.

8. Other users took used images of Jupiter to create imaginary sci-fi worlds.

9. And others turned Jupiter into a work of art.

10. This fanciful work of art shows just how awesome Jupiter truly is.

11. You have to admit, Jupiter is pretty damn impressive.

12. And NASA is, once again, the undisputed king of breathtaking photography.

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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"Top Gun: Maverick" reviews are raving.

If you're anything like me, when you heard that a "Top Gun" sequel was being made nearly three decades after the original, you may have rolled your eyes a bit. I mean, come on. "Top Gun" was great, but who makes a sequel 30 years later and expects people to be excited? Especially considering how scrutinizing both audiences and critics tend to be with second films.

Then I saw a trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick," and was surprised that it looked … super not terrible. Then more and more details about the film emerged, then more trailers and behind-the-scenes footage were released, then early reviews started rolling in and … you guys. You guysssss. I don't know how the filmmakers managed to pull it off, but everything about this film looks absolutely incredible.

And frankly, as a member of Gen X who saw the original "Top Gun" at least a dozen times, I could not be more thrilled. We deserve this win. We've been through so much. Many of us have spent the better part of the past two decades raising our kids and then spent the prime of our middle age dealing with a pandemic on top of political and social upheaval. We've been forgotten more than once—shocker—in discussions on generation gaps and battles. So to have our late-'80s heartstrings plucked by an iconic opening melody and then taken into the danger zone in what reviewers are saying is the best blockbuster in decades? Yes, please.

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How do you explain the transition from the brown and orange aesthetic of the '70s to the dusty rose and forest green carpeting of the '80s if you didn't experience it? When I tell my kids there were smoking sections in restaurants and airplanes and ashtrays everywhere, they look horrified (and rightfully so—what were we thinking?!). The fact that we went places with our friends with no quick way to get ahold of our parents? Unbelievable.

One day I described the process of listening to the radio, waiting for my favorite song to come on so I could record it on my tape recorder, and how mad I would get when the deejay talked through the intro of the song until the lyrics started. My Spotify-spoiled kids didn't even understand half of the words I said.

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