I know it looks like a giant pink hairball but this is actually a close up photograph of the sun, and it was taken with a webcam designed to capture license plates. Photographer Alan Friedman is just one of those people who invents ingenious ways to use everyday items. Did I mention that these images are taken from Friedman's backyard in Buffalo, New York, and not the International Space Station? Friedman gets these images by capturing objects at 120 frames per second, and then combing through to find the sharpest image. One last thing: this isn't even Friedman's day job – he designs greeting cards and takes these photographs as a hobby. Alan also gave a Ted Talk about his strange ability to capture sunlight, below.