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I do not own the intellectual property of these pictures they are merely for reference. Time to post some awesome stuff, enjoy. One love.


Cocoon of a New White Dwarf


Waterway to Orbit


A Sun Halo Over Cambodia


Eclipse over the Temple of Poseidon
 

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The Magnificent Tail of Comet Mc Naught


Not a Blue Moon


A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay


A Graceful Arc
 

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Aurora Shimmer Meteor Flash


Mojave Desert Fireball


Light Echoes from V838 Mon


Galaxy Merger from Hubble.
 

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Halloweens Moon


Seven Sisters Versus California


A Galilean Night


Stars Over Easter Island
 

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Aurora Over Yellowknife


Ultraviolet Andromeda


Stephans Quintet


The Butterfly Nebula
 

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Pte. Patrick Cloutier, a 'Van Doo' perimeter sentry, and Mohawk Warrior Brad
"Freddy Krueger" Larocque, a University of Saskatchewan economics student,
face off


June 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in downtown Saigon to bring attention to the repressive policies of the Catholic Diem regime that controlled the South Vietnamese government at the time.


The suppression of the protest was immortalized in Western media by the famous video footage and photographs of a lone man in a white shirt standing in front of a column of tanks which were attempting to drive out of Tiananmen Square. Taken on 5 June as the column approached an intersection on the Chang'an Avenue, the footage depicted the unarmed man standing in the center of the street, halting the tanks' progress. As the tank driver attempted to go around him, the "Tank Man" moved into the tank's path. He continued to stand defiantly in front of the tanks for some time, then climbed up onto the turret of the lead tank to speak to the soldiers inside. After returning to his position in front of the tanks, the man was pulled aside by a group of people.


South Vietnamese National Police Chief Brig Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a single pistol shot in the head in Saigon, Vietnam on Feb. 1, 1968.
 

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This is the wife of a US Marine who was killed in the War in Iraq, She asked if she could sleep next to him for one last time, and the Marines made as good a bed for her as they could, she played music on the laptop which reminded her of her husband until she fell asleep.

As she was falling asleep, the Marine Standing guard asked her if she would like him to stay there. Her reply was " I think that's what he (her husband) would have wanted."




Photo of the USS Iowa firing its massive guns taken from the air. Note the huge shock waves on the ocean below the barrels.


D-Day Vet Milo Flaten was on Wisconsin Public Radio back in 1994. Flaten was 19 when he stormed the beach that day, and amazingly, he survived. Twenty-five hundred allied troops died on D-day, and four times that number suffered injury, according to the D-Day Museum.
 

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The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets. Ebbets took the photo on September 29, 1932, and it appeared in the New York Herald Tribune in its Sunday photo supplement on October 2. Taken on the 69th floor of the GE Building during the last several months of construction, the photo Resting on a Girder shows the same workers napping on the beam.




During the Rwandan genocide in 1994, hundreds of thousands of Tutsi tribesmen were murdered by the Hutu majority. The man in the photograph above, however, is not a Tutsi; he is, in fact, a Hutu who objected to the massacre. He was placed in a death camp and given the same treatment as the Tutsis. The image is powerful on its own, but significantly more meaningful when coupled with the man’s narrative.


The custody and immigration status of a young Cuban boy, Elián González (born December 7, 1993), was at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, González's father, Juan Miguel González Quintana, González's other relatives in Miami, Florida and in Cuba, and Miami's Cuban American community.
González's mother had drowned in late 1999 while traveling with her son and her boyfriend, from Cuba to the United States. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) initially placed González with paternal relatives in Miami, who sought to keep him in the United States against his father's demands that González be returned to Cuba. A federal district court's ruling that only González's father, and not his extended relatives, could petition for asylum on the boy's behalf was upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, González returned to Cuba with his father in June 2000.
 

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Palestinian kid throwing rocks at an Israeli Merkava.


The twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001, as a result of al-Qaeda's September 11 attacks.


1978: Mass suicide leaves 900 dead
The bodies of 914 people, including 276 children, have been found in Guyana in South America.
Most of the dead - members of the People's Temple Christian Church - had consumed a soft drink laced with cyanide and sedatives.

However, the body of the People's Temple charismatic leader, Jim Jones, was said to have a bullet wound in the right temple, believed to be self-inflicted.

The deaths are being linked to the earlier killings of five people, including US Congressman Leo Ryan, on a nearby airstrip.

Mr Ryan had led a fact-finding mission to the church's jungle settlement - Jonestown - after allegations by relatives in the US of human rights abuses.

Last year Jim Jones and most of the 1,000 members of the People's Temple moved to Guyana from San Francisco after an investigation began into the church for tax evasion.

People who had left the organisation told the authorities of brutal beatings, murders and a mass suicide plan but were not believed.

In spite of the tax evasion allegations, Jim Jones was still widely respected for setting up a racially-mixed church which helped the disadvantaged.


The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, near Denver and Littleton. Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embarked on a massacre, killing 12 students and one teacher. They also injured 21 other students directly, and three people were injured while attempting to escape. The pair then committed suicide.
 

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View from mars


Picture of Tommie Smith on the gold medal platform, John Carlos on the bronze raising their fists in salute at 1968 Mexico City Olympics. For many, Tommie Smith’s and John Carlos’s protest was their first introduction to “Black Power” and the clenched fist, raised arm Black Power salute. Media editors denounced them as unpatriotic, and un-American yet Smith thought that was the point saying, “If I win I am an American, not a black American. But if I did something bad then they would say ‘a Negro’. We are black and we are proud of being black.”

Smith and Carlos each wore a black glove on opposite hands, and Smith’s raised right fist represented Black Power, while Carlos raised left fist represented Black Unity. Together, the raised black, gloved fists formed an arch of Unity and Power. Along with the gloves, the men wore black socks with no shoes to protest black poverty.


Western propaganda photo of a woman taking part in election voting in "liberated" Afghanistan. Dye was used allegedly to prevent corruption.

 

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The Rwandan Genocide was the 1994 mass murder of an estimated 800,000 people in the small East African nation of Rwanda. Over the course of approximately 100 days from the assassination of Juvénal Habyarimana on April 6 through mid-July, at least 800,000 people were killed, according to a Human Rights Watch estimate.Other estimates of the death toll have ranged between 500,000 and 1,000,000, or as much as 20% of the country's total population.


Woman of the Great Depression. The photograph was taken in 1936 by Dorothea Lange.
 

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From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known. -Carl Sagan.




Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest national park (established in 1925) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, is home to 200 of the world's mountain gorillas and a small population of eastern lowland gorillas. Formerly known as Albert National Park, Virunga lies in eastern DR Congo and covers 7,800 square kilometers. The park is managed by the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN).
In July 2007 a habituated family of mountain gorillas (the Rugendo family) was attacked: 1 Silverback and 4 adult females were killed, and an infant is missing, presumed dead. The family was depleted from 12 individuals to 5. Additional gorilla killings in 2007 in separate incidents brought the total of slaughtered mountain gorillas in DR Congo in 2007 to 10.


Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank. Born in the city of Frankfurt am Main in Weimar Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. By nationality, she was officially considered a German until 1941, when she lost her nationality owing to the anti-Semitic policies of Nazi Germany (the Nuremberg Laws). She gained international fame posthumously following the publication of her diary, which documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
 

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Main entrance into Birkenau, also known as the Auschwitz II concentration camp. Beginning around the middle of May 1944, freight trains that were 40 to 50 cars long rolled through this gate, day and night, bringing thousands of Hungarian Jews to be gassed at the four Birkenau gas chambers. The prisoners called it the "Gate of Death."


How do you choose between shelter and a best friend?
This is the impossible decision pet-lovers face when
losing their homes. Since most shelters don't allow
animals, homeless people with pets often elect to stay
on the streets rather than part with their four-legged
companion... a decision that can be dangerous when
the elements become harsh.
Queen Street, Toronto




In December 1984, Afghanistan was five years into a bloody civil war between the Soviet Union, which sought to maintain a Marxist government there, and anti-government Islamic rebels called mujahideen.


Photograph by Steve McCurry
Millions of refugees were pouring over the borders into Pakistan to escape the fighting.

National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry was in the region for a story on the refugee crisis. While touring a refugee camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, he entered a large tent that served as a girls school. The first child he saw was a shy girl with fiery eyes, about 12 years old.

McCurry approached the girl, and she agreed to let him take her picture.

"I didn't think the photograph of the girl would be different from anything else I shot that day," he later recalled.

What emerged was a searingly beautiful image of a young girl with haunting eyes who came to symbolize the plight and the pain and the strength of her people.
 

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2004 tsunami, a coastal village in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.



 

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John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC) on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was fatally shot while traveling with his wife Jacqueline in a Presidential motorcade.


Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. Sunday, November 24, 1963, at 11:21 am CST




Wall painting by the British graffiti artist Banksy from his last visit to the West Bank.
 

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Ernesto "Che" Guevara June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia within popular culture.


Larry Burrows photo of US Marines south of the DMZ, 1966.


The Nuremberg Rally (officially, Reichsparteitag, meaning national party convention) was the annual rally of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) in the years 1923 to 1938 in Germany. Especially after Hitler's rise to power in 1933, they were large propaganda events by the state. The Reichsparteitage were held annually at the Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg from 1933 to 1938 and are thus usually referred to in English as the Nuremberg Rallies.

 

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The Hubble Deep Field (HDF) is an image of a small region in the constellation Ursa Major, constructed from a series of observations by the Hubble Space Telescope. It covers an area 2.5 arcminutes across, two parts in a million of the whole sky, which is equivalent in angular size to a 65 mm tennis ball at a distance of 100 metres. The image was assembled from 342 separate exposures taken with the Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 over ten consecutive days between December 18 and December 28, 1995.




Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston.

 

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voice of little girl singing at Olympics opening but wasn't cute enough for china. Right one is the little girl lip-syncing.


Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day - July 4, 1939 (Yankee Stadium)




An infant refugee of Afghanistan being prepared for burial in Pakistan, 2001.
 

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This example of emotive imagery is of child in Uganda holding hands with a missionary. The stark contrast between the two people serves as a reminder of the gulf in wealth between developed and developing countries. Mike Wells, the photographer, took this picture to show the extent of starvation in Africa. He took it for a magazine, and when they went 5 months without printing it, he decided to enter it into a competition. However, Wells has stated that he is against winning a competition with a picture of a starving boy.


Omayra Sanchez was a 13-year old victim of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano which erupted on November 13, 1985 in Armero, Colombia, causing massive lahars which killed nearly 25,000. She was trapped for 3 days in water, concrete, and other debris before she died of exposure.


Gettysburg "Harvest Of Death" photo taken by
Timothy H. O' Sullivan just a few days after the battle had ended.

 

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Bosnian Serbs posing in 1992.


V-J Day in Times Square is a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays an American sailor kissing a young nurse in a white dress on V-J Day in Times Square on August 14, 1945.


Firefighter takes off his rough gloves to hold the child.
 
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