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What the Heck Is This?

Probably won't be too hard to figure out what this is, in general. But can you guess specifically what you're looking at?

No hints on this one.

Continue to see the full image and an explanation …

It's not cotton. It's a view of cumulus clouds in the late afternoon, viewed from an airplane that's above the clouds.

You don't have to be a meteorologist to glean something from the clouds. On our sister site OurAmazingPlanet there's an article on how to read clouds and a cool cloud-reading gallery to go with it.

Puffy cumulus illuminated by late afternoon sun far below a NOAA airplane returning to base at after a mission. NOAA flies hurricanes to learn more about how one storm is shaping up and to learn more about the storms in general. (Image credit: NOAA)

Got a strange or interesting photo related to science, nature or technology? What the Heck, send it to me, and maybe I'll use it.

Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at Space.com starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.