People run after hearing what is believed to be explosions or gun shots near Place de la Republique square in Paris. Dominique Faget / AFP / Getty Images

People run after hearing what is believed to be explosions or gun shots near Place de la Republique square in Paris. Dominique Faget / AFP / Getty Images

The total solar eclipse of 20 March 2015 seen from Svalbard – one of only two habitable locations that were able to witness totality – just 16 seconds after it began. The image shows totality about 100 metres above the large valley of Sassendalen situated on the only permanently inhabited island of the Norwegian archipelago. Venus can also be seen in the photograph, as a bright spot in the upper left of the image.

The total solar eclipse of 20 March 2015 seen from Svalbard – one of only two habitable locations that were able to witness totality – just 16 seconds after it began. The image shows totality about 100 metres above the large valley of Sassendalen situated on the only permanently inhabited island of the Norwegian archipelago. Venus can also be seen in the photograph, as a bright spot in the upper left of the image.

23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

Winner, Urban – “Shadow Walker” by Richard Peters from the UK | The Most Astonishing Photos That Won Awards In 2015

Winner, Urban – “Shadow Walker” by Richard Peters from the UK | The Most Astonishing Photos That Won Awards In 2015

Green reflection of the aurora in the snow and captured this breathtaking shot of the piercing blue light show coursing through the night sky

Green reflection of the aurora in the snow and captured this breathtaking shot of the piercing blue light show coursing through the night sky

23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

Sunderland Noctilucent Cloud Display - north-east England - by Matt Robinson (Skyscapes, Runner Up)

Sunderland Noctilucent Cloud Display - north-east England - by Matt Robinson (Skyscapes, Runner Up)

French President Francois Hollande has this morning pointed the finger of blame for last night's Paris attacks squarely at Islamic State (ISIS), describing the attack as an "act of war"

French President Francois Hollande has this morning pointed the finger of blame for last night's Paris attacks squarely at Islamic State (ISIS), describing the attack as an "act of war"

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