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And finally, Sumbawa seen from a Cessna. The place looks tranquil when the sea is still.

Laura in Sumbawa

Timelapse view of the Nile delta from space

An unprecedented satellite flyover look at the seasons changing in the Nile Delta. Using data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) .

Sandstorm over Saudi Arabia (click for larger version)

More satellite desert imagery, this time over Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and southern Iraq and Iran.

A file photo shows Tavurvur volcano erupting, sending ash and rocks over the devastated city of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, 07 October 2006 (AFP Photo/Bruce Alexander)

Volcano erupts in PNG, spewing ash and rock: officials

A file photo shows Tavurvur volcano erupting, sending ash and rocks over the devastated city of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, 07 October 2006 (AFP Photo/Bruce Alexander)

Just above this sunset, a peculiar light glows green. This "green flash," caused by light refracting in the atmosphere, is rarely seen. But it was captured by Nigella Hillgarth, director of the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, as she took a routine photo of the sun sinking into the Pacific.

Strange & Shining: Gallery of Mysterious Night Lights

As the sun sinks into the Pacific, its last light seems to glow green. This "green flash," caused by light refracting in the atmosphere, is rarely seen.

Erupting steam and ash interact with clouds above Grímsvötn volcano. Photographer Jóhann Ingi Jónsson traveled within 1 kilometer of the eruption site on the evening of May to get these photos.

Galapagos, South America

Top 10 Famous Islands for Vacation

Melting water streams from iceberg calved from Ilulissat Kangerlua Glacier in Disko Bay, Greenland (by Texas A University Division of Research).

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Inspiration for the Laisanen Delta.

Bukit Lawang, Indonesia.

Bukit Lawang, Indonesia.

The amazing (but also harmful) red tides of South Padre Island.

Red Tides - More correctly known as an algal bloom, the so-called Red tide is a natural event in which estuarine, marine, or fresh water algae accumulate rapidly in the water column and can convert entire areas of an ocean or beach into a blood red color.

Nova Caledônia, arquipélago na Oceania, vista do espaço

Nova Caledônia, arquipélago na Oceania, vista do espaço

Gehry and Foster team up on Battersea Power Station redevelopment

Frank Gehry to co-design Battersea Power Station redevelopment

(via Don’t miss Friday night’s rare blue moon beauty)  Friday evening’s blue moon will allow fans of the late Neil Armstrong to marvel at man’s incredible feat. Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the lunar surface back in 1969. This photo was taken early Friday morning as the moon technically turned full. Photo: Travis Burke

Friday evening’s blue moon will allow fans of the late Neil Armstrong to marvel at man’s incredible feat. Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the lunar surface back in This photo was.

Perseid Meteor Shower at Mono Lake South Tufa - Mono Lake - California by carter flynn

Perseid Meteor Shower at Mono Lake South Tufa - Mono Lake - California by Cooksey-Talbott

Istanbul and the Bosporus. Sailed through to the Black Sea in 1978

Earth from Space: East meets West / Observing the Earth / Our Activities / ESA

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