Friday, December 21, 2012

Pictures of the day: 21 December 2012

A milky waterfall appears to be cascading down from the Milky Way. Photographer Tore Heggelund had set out to capture the Milky Way on a clear night above Hardangerfjord, Norway. He realised the lighting conditions were causing a nearby waterfall to glow bright white. And after carefully positioning his camera, Tore managed to create the illusion of a river of milk plummeting from the night sky.
Twig-like praying mantises are snapped by professional photographer Mehmet Karaca in his hometown in Kahramanmaras, a province in Turkey
A night-time view of Tungurahua volcano erupting, seen from La Florida, Ecuador
A man in Aztec warrior costume dances in front of the Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza in Yucatan state, Mexico
A leader of the Ukrainian Internet Party, wearing a Darth Vader outfit, greets people on Independence Square in Kiev. Party activists distributed canned foods, matches, condoms, toilet paper, soap, lightbulbs and 'tickets' for their spacecraft evacuation to passersby to supposedly save Ukrainians from the end of the world on December 21.
An X-ray shows conjoined twins Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker.  Surgeons at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia separated the Tucker girls during a seven-hour operation in November of 2012. The infants from Adams, N.Y., had been joined at the lower chest and abdomen. They shared their chest wall, diaphragm, pericardium and liver.

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