Antarctica, writes Francis, is "an empire of ice and of isolation."
The Villarrica Volcano is seen partially covered by clouds at Pucon, Chile, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra
This image released by NASA Dec. 15, shows the easily recognized boot of Italy, with Sicily at its toe, spread across this panorama taken Oct. 21 by astronauts aboard the International Space Station(ISS). Some of the brightest clusters of lights are Rome and nearby Naples, with island cities of Cagliari on Sardinia and Catania on Sicilynow well-known as the hometown of European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano. (NASA)
New Zealand's South Island, and some parts of Australia, are treated to the Aurora Australis, a natural light display in the sky.
A stunning display of the aurora borealis over Derwentwater, near Keswick, in the Lake District, with an interesting foreground.
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