Blessing from the sea
But the fish weren't biting very well that morning, July 13, and after several hours Pelaez had caught only two bonitos, unappetizing baitfish. She was discouraged, hungry and lost in thought when she heard the ship's captain yell "
Reaching rare heights
"The funnel briefly touched down on a ridge, just enough to be deemed a tornado," Kirby said. "I'm blessed to have seen such an extremely rare phenomenon."
[Full Story: Rare Colorado Tornado Second-Highest in US History]
A touch of light
The sun set for austral winter in mid-May, plunging Belgium's Princess Elisabeth Station into two months of night.
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Snapping good photos
The Chattanooga institution has welcomed 20 reptilian bundles of joy in recent weeks.
[Full Story: Photo: Host of Tiny Turtles Born at Aquarium]
Ten years in the making
On Monday, a massive iceberg larger than Manhattan was birthed from the Petermann Glacier, one of the largest in Greenland, and began to float toward the open ocean.
[Full Story: Photo: Giant Iceberg's Birth Snapped from Space]
Odd storm clouds
Jones posted the astounding photo from his Instagram account shortly before a larger system of storms hit, which dropped nearly 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain in many parts of the city.
[Full Story: Photo: Strange Storm Socks New York City]
A photograph snapped on Wednesday (July 18) shows unearthly green curtains of light hovering above Concordia Station, a joint European research site run by the French Polar Institute and the Italian Antarctic Program, and one of the most hard-to-reach places on the planet.
[Full Story: Photo: Dazzling Aurora Appears Over Antarctic Station]
Home sweet home
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Smoke sucking clouds
On June 22, one of the researchers aboard a DC-8 aircraft snapped images of curtains of thick, gray smoke being lofted high into the atmosphere and sucked up through soaring, anvil-shaped clouds that are the signature of large thunderstorms.
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Not so mythical sight
Sprites and elves are reddish, ultrafast bursts of electricity that are born near the edge of space, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) up in the atmosphere. Sprites are jellyfish-shaped, starting as balls of light that stream downward, whereas elves take the shape of ring-like halos.
[Full Story: Astronaut Photo Captures Elusive, Strange Lightning]
Welcome night light
In early May, a gleaming supermoon appeared this full moon coincides with the moon's perigee, or closest monthly pass of the Earth.
[Full Story: Supermoon Lights Up South Pole in Photo]
The Waldo Canyon fire was first reported on June 23. So far, it has burned 18,247 acres and destroyed 346 homes, making it the most destructive fire in Colorado's history.
[Full Story: Colorado Wildfire Scar Spotted from Space]