The largest solar storm in five years sent a huge wave of radiation into the Earth's atmosphere creating a brilliant show of the aurora borealis near Yellowknife, North West Territories, Canada


This impressive free standing tower is the world's highest climbing wall. The routes aren't for the faint-hearted - climbers have to scale 121 feet in order to reach the top. The whopping structure, named Excalibur, was built in Groningen, in the Netherlands - a famously flat country with little opportunity for real rock climbing.

A 35ft ash tree that looks like a dinosaur was spotted by amateur photographer Spike Malin and his wife Debbie while out walking in Alby, Norfolk. The tree, nicknamed "Tree-Rex", is covered in ivy - giving it the appearance of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

 A US flag is lowered by Marine L Cpl Damien Brown and Cpl James White or a ceremony honouring members of the military at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia
 A towering dust devil casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface in this image acquired by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

A meteor that streaked across the UK provoked a frenzy of excitement. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a large fireball travelling from northern Scotland to southern England at around 9.40pm on Sunday. Amateur photographer Mike Ridley captured this image at 9.40pm as the meteor passed the 'Global Rainbow' laser display in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.
 An orange full moon is partly obscured by clouds as it rises between Canary Wharf and the Shard in London
 The sun sets behind the Olympic stadium and the Orbit sculpture as seen from outside the Aquatics Centre during the British Swimming Championship selection trials and Olympic test event
 Russian Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin takes aim with a rifle for the partially sighted during a visit to the biathlon and cross-country skiing complex in Sochi
 Tram Anh Le sent us this remarkable photograph of clouds drifting over Hong Kong: This photograph was taken with an infra-red camera. The view is from the 110th floor Ozone Bar (Ritz Carlton, Kowloon) and it shows a massive bank of clouds descending over Hong Kong island and Victoria Harbour on March 2, 2012. What is particularly nice about this shot is that the sunlight is bounced off one of the skyscrapers and it lights the harbour just as a ferry crosses over the splash of light on the water.
 Colonial-era buildings on the Bund are reflected on wet pavements in Shanghai

The Shard is reflected in the still waters of the River Thames in London. Photographer Panus Assawirojrueng has taken advantage of the relatively mild weather in the capital to capture the city's skyline reflected in the river at dusk and dawn.

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