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Spotted fritillary butterfly (Melitaea didyma) in Galichica National Park, Republic of Macedonia

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English : Spotted fritillary butterfly (Melitaea didyma) in Galichica National Park, Republic of Macedonia

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Vivacity a vibraphone piece composed by Kevin MacLeod.‎

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English : Vivacity a vibraphone piece composed by Kevin MacLeod.

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Choraltar (Hutz-Altar) des Ulmer Münsters, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland

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English : Choraltar (Hutz-Altar) des Ulmer Münsters, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland

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The Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60 is a piece for solo piano by Frédéric Chopin. Performed by Olga Gurevich.‎

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English : The Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60 is a piece for solo piano by Frédéric Chopin. Performed by Olga Gurevich.

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Detail of the tensile membrane roof of the Olympiapark, Munich, designed by Frei Otto. It was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Located in the Oberwiesenfeld neighborhood of Munich, the park continues to serve as a venue for cultural, social, and religious events.

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English : Detail of the tensile membrane roof of the Olympiapark, Munich, designed by Frei Otto. It was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Located in the Oberwiesenfeld neighborhood of Munich, the park continues to serve as a venue for cultural, social, and religious events.

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A Day at the Zoo is a 1939 Merrie Melodies cartoon supervised by Tex Avery.‎

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English : A Day at the Zoo is a 1939 Merrie Melodies cartoon supervised by Tex Avery.

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Choir of Blaubeuren Abbey church, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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English : Choir of Blaubeuren Abbey church, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Sculptures in front of the Gartenheim office building in Hanover.‎

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English : Sculptures in front of the Gartenheim office building in Hanover.

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Interior door in the Imperial Tower of Heiligengrabe Monastery in Heiligengrabe, Brandenburg, Germany

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English : Interior door in the Imperial Tower of Heiligengrabe Monastery in Heiligengrabe, Brandenburg, Germany

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Going up the Rohtang pass on the Manali-Leh Highway in August, during the monsoon

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English : Going up the Rohtang pass on the Manali-Leh Highway in August, during the monsoon

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Church of San Juan el Real in the center of Calatayud, province of Zaragoza, Spain. The baroque church was built in the 17th and 18th century and hosts among others some of the first paintings by Francisco de Goya in the pendentives of the main dome.

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English : Church of San Juan el Real in the center of Calatayud, province of Zaragoza, Spain. The baroque church was built in the 17th and 18th century and hosts among others some of the first paintings by Francisco de Goya in the pendentives of the main dome.

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A flight to and around the Mandelbulb.‎

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English : A flight to and around the Mandelbulb.

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Shoemakers' Window in the south aisle of the nave of Freiburg Minster, Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Anonymous master, around 1320.

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English : Shoemakers' Window in the south aisle of the nave of Freiburg Minster, Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Anonymous master, around 1320.

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Hong Kong citizens have been holding massive protests against an extradition bill and the pro-Beijing government since June 2019. Some of them expressed great concern for the metropolis' future in this VOA interview on 18 June.‎

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English : Hong Kong citizens have been holding massive protests against an extradition bill and the pro-Beijing government since June 2019. Some of them expressed great concern for the metropolis' future in this VOA interview on 18 June.

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Atrium of Markideio Theatre during the sunset. Paphos, Cyprus

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English : Atrium of Markideio Theatre during the sunset. Paphos, Cyprus

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Slut Walk at Marienplatz.‎

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English : Slut Walk at Marienplatz.

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Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) male, Lokobe Strict Reserve, Nosy Be, Madagascar

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English : Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) male, Lokobe Strict Reserve, Nosy Be, Madagascar

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Historical reenactment, at Belfort, July 20th & 21th 2019.‎

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English : Historical reenactment, at Belfort, July 20th & 21th 2019.

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Water for use in aerial firefighting being carried in a bucket attached to a MChS Mil Mi-26 heavylift helicopter in the Vladivostok region of Russia

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English : Water for use in aerial firefighting being carried in a bucket attached to a MChS Mil Mi-26 heavylift helicopter in the Vladivostok region of Russia

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Greta Thunberg: 'What do we want?' - 'Climate justice.' - 'When do we want it?' - 'Now.'‎

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English : Greta Thunberg: 'What do we want?' - 'Climate justice.' - 'When do we want it?' - 'Now.'

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Entrance hall of the regional court of Berlin located in Littenstrasse 12-17 in Berlin-Mitte.

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English : Entrance hall of the regional court of Berlin located in Littenstrasse 12-17 in Berlin-Mitte.

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Brother's Fest 2019, at Anjoutey, July 20th & 21th 2019.‎

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English : Brother's Fest 2019, at Anjoutey, July 20th & 21th 2019.

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The monumental Wittelsbacher fountain in the northern part of central Munich, in Bavaria, Germany. The sculpture on the left is of a woman seated on a bull, holding a bowl, and depicts the healing qualities of water; on the right, a man sits astride a horse and hurls a rock, representing water's destructive power. Built between 1893 and 1895, the design follows drawings of the sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand.

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English : The monumental Wittelsbacher fountain in the northern part of central Munich, in Bavaria, Germany. The sculpture on the left is of a woman seated on a bull, holding a bowl, and depicts the healing qualities of water; on the right, a man sits astride a horse and hurls a rock, representing water's destructive power. Built between 1893 and 1895, the design follows drawings of the sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand.

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Going up the Rohtang pass on the Manali-Leh Highway in August, during the monsoon

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English : Going up the Rohtang pass on the Manali-Leh Highway in August, during the monsoon

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"We cannot perform magic - but we can do our job. Do your part. Vote CDU." This campaign poster was created for Germany's first postwar election in 1949.

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English : "We cannot perform magic - but we can do our job. Do your part. Vote CDU." This campaign poster was created for Germany's first postwar election in 1949.

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In the city of Stockholm, Wikimania 2019 starts tomorrow. The official theme of Wikimania 2019 is "Strengthening each other: Wikimedia, free knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals."
Visit wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania for more details. #wikimania‎

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English : In the city of Stockholm, Wikimania 2019 starts tomorrow. The official theme of Wikimania 2019 is "Strengthening each other: Wikimedia, free knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals."
Visit wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania for more details. #wikimania

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Ankogel (3,252 metres (10,669 ft)) in the High Tauern National Park – view from Stappitz in the Seebach Valley near Mallnitz, Carinthia, Austria

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English : Ankogel (3,252 metres (10,669 ft)) in the High Tauern National Park – view from Stappitz in the Seebach Valley near Mallnitz, Carinthia, Austria

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Luisa Neubauer talks about crossing a tipping point. One and a half months ago instead of in 70 years the permafrost broke in the arctic.‎

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English : Luisa Neubauer talks about crossing a tipping point. One and a half months ago instead of in 70 years the permafrost broke in the arctic.

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Dormition of the Virgin at the Bäckeraltar (altar of the bakers), St. Stephen's parish church, Braunau am Inn, Upper Austria. Anonymous master, around 1490.

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English : Dormition of the Virgin at the Bäckeraltar (altar of the bakers), St. Stephen's parish church, Braunau am Inn, Upper Austria. Anonymous master, around 1490.

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Parade of July 14th 2019 in Belfort, followed by the speech of Damien Meslot (Mayor of Belfort) and the Republican aperitif.‎

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English : Parade of July 14th 2019 in Belfort, followed by the speech of Damien Meslot (Mayor of Belfort) and the Republican aperitif.

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Craigdarroch Castle just after sunset - view from the west, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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English : Craigdarroch Castle just after sunset - view from the west, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Fridays for Future is international: 'On est plus chauds que le climat !'‎

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English : Fridays for Future is international: 'On est plus chauds que le climat !'

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Protest of bikers at Belfort, May 05th 2018.‎

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English : Protest of bikers at Belfort, May 05th 2018.

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Ceiling of the Church of the Society of Jesus (La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús), a Jesuit church in Quito, Ecuador. The exterior doesn't give an idea of the beauty of the interior, with a large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings, making of it the most ornate church in Quito. The temple is one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in America and considered the most beautiful church in Ecuador.

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English : Ceiling of the Church of the Society of Jesus (La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús), a Jesuit church in Quito, Ecuador. The exterior doesn't give an idea of the beauty of the interior, with a large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings, making of it the most ornate church in Quito. The temple is one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in America and considered the most beautiful church in Ecuador.

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Hong Kongers shouted "Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our times!" (光復香港 時代革命 in Cantonese) on 21 July 2019 when they were protesting against the Chinese communist regime's liaison office in Hong Kong.‎

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English : Hong Kongers shouted "Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our times!" (光復香港 時代革命 in Cantonese) on 21 July 2019 when they were protesting against the Chinese communist regime's liaison office in Hong Kong.

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Koppie foam grasshopper (Dictyophorus spumans spumans) nymph, Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort, South Africa

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English : Koppie foam grasshopper (Dictyophorus spumans spumans) nymph, Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort, South Africa

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Going up the Rohtang pass on the Manali-Leh Highway in August, during the monsoon

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English : Going up the Rohtang pass on the Manali-Leh Highway in August, during the monsoon

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Common broom (Cytisus scoparius) flowers around a rock in the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park, France.

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English : Common broom (Cytisus scoparius) flowers around a rock in the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park, France.

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State minister of digitalisation Dorothee Bär speaking at the LoveEurope event in front of the Love Hate ambigram by Mia Florentine Weiss at Brandenburg Gate.‎

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English : State minister of digitalisation Dorothee Bär speaking at the LoveEurope event in front of the Love Hate ambigram by Mia Florentine Weiss at Brandenburg Gate.

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Aerial view of the Vasilyevskaya Curtain, Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Military Archive, both on Zayachy Island, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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English : Aerial view of the Vasilyevskaya Curtain, Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Military Archive, both on Zayachy Island, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Graphium sarpedon flapping. x40 slow motion‎

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Animated scheme of a four stroke internal combustion engine.
1: Suction stroke 2: Compression stroke
3: Power stroke 4: Exhaust stroke
The air passes through:
Air filterCarburetor (Fixed-venturi) → ThrottleInlet manifoldPoppet valveCombustion chamberPoppet valveExhaust manifoldMufflerTailpipe

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English : Animated scheme of a four stroke internal combustion engine.

1: Suction stroke 2: Compression stroke
3: Power stroke 4: Exhaust stroke
The air passes through:

Air filterCarburetor (Fixed-venturi) → ThrottleInlet manifoldPoppet valveCombustion chamberPoppet valveExhaust manifoldMufflerTailpipe

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Khotyn Fortress under the light of the full moon. Ukraine

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English : Khotyn Fortress under the light of the full moon. Ukraine

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Body painting artist Torsten Winter performs as a fire-eater at the Body Painiting Festival in Bad Heringsdorf.‎

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English : Body painting artist Torsten Winter performs as a fire-eater at the Body Painiting Festival in Bad Heringsdorf.

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Sandkrugbrücke is a bridge in Berlin-Moabit. The light trail under the bridge comes from a ship passing by during the exposure.

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English : Sandkrugbrücke is a bridge in Berlin-Moabit. The light trail under the bridge comes from a ship passing by during the exposure.

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Bungee jumping at Christopher Street Day 2019 in Berlin.‎

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December 1942, view into the Chicago and North Western Railway locomotive shops.
Today, 200 years ago, James Watt died, who crucially improved the steam engine, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution. Steam locomotives as special steam engines were an essential part of it.

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English : December 1942, view into the Chicago and North Western Railway locomotive shops.
Today, 200 years ago, James Watt died, who crucially improved the steam engine, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution. Steam locomotives as special steam engines were an essential part of it.

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Animation of a typical single cylinder, simple expansion, double-acting high pressure steam engine with centrifugal governor.
Today, 200 years ago, James Watt died, who crucially improved the steam engine, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution.

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English : Animation of a typical single cylinder, simple expansion, double-acting high pressure steam engine with centrifugal governor.
Today, 200 years ago, James Watt died, who crucially improved the steam engine, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution.

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Prince Bishop's Castle in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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At the opening of the Dyke March in Hamburg, the speaker announced that there was a Dyke March in 12 German cities in 2019.‎

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English : At the opening of the Dyke March in Hamburg, the speaker announced that there was a Dyke March in 12 German cities in 2019.

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Female Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius), an endemic goat in the Eravikulam National Park in Kerala, India. There are about 3000 animals left in the wild, all in the Western Ghats

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English : Female Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius), an endemic goat in the Eravikulam National Park in Kerala, India. There are about 3000 animals left in the wild, all in the Western Ghats

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Participants of the Body Painting Festival Bad Heringsdorf traditionally line up on the world's largest beach chair.‎

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English : Participants of the Body Painting Festival Bad Heringsdorf traditionally line up on the world's largest beach chair.

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Misumena vatia, white form (female) eating Episyrphus balteatus

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Seventy-five years ago today the 28th Infantry Division of the US Army paraded in Paris to celebrate her liberation.‎

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English : Seventy-five years ago today the 28th Infantry Division of the US Army paraded in Paris to celebrate her liberation.

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Columns in Turkish baths in Salamis, Northern Cyprus

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Jupiter seen by Voyager 1 probe with blue filter. One image was taken every Jupiter day (approximately 10 hours). These pictures were taken from 01/06 to 02/03, 1979.‎

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English : Jupiter seen by Voyager 1 probe with blue filter. One image was taken every Jupiter day (approximately 10 hours). These pictures were taken from 01/06 to 02/03, 1979.

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Vestmannaeyjar harbour, Heimaey‎, Westman Islands, Suðurland, Iceland.

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Schematic animation of a continuous beam of light being dispersed by a prism. The white beam represents many wavelengths of visible light, of which 7 are shown, as they travel through a vacuum with equal speeds c. The prism causes the light to slow down, which bends its path by the process of refraction. This effect occurs more strongly in the shorter wavelengths (violet end) than in the longer wavelengths (red end), thereby dispersing the constituents. As exiting the prism, each component returns to the same original speed and is refracted again.‎

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English : Schematic animation of a continuous beam of light being dispersed by a prism. The white beam represents many wavelengths of visible light, of which 7 are shown, as they travel through a vacuum with equal speeds c. The prism causes the light to slow down, which bends its path by the process of refraction. This effect occurs more strongly in the shorter wavelengths (violet end) than in the longer wavelengths (red end), thereby dispersing the constituents. As exiting the prism, each component returns to the same original speed and is refracted again.