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Base camp at 6,000ft elevation on Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREW HARA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

Dan Vergano

National Geographic

Published March 14, 2014

Campfire flames light up the Hawaiian night, seen in this March 12 Your Shot photo taken on the road to Mauna Kea. (See "Road Trip: The Big Island of Hawaii.")

At base camp some 6,000 feet (1,829 meters) above sea level, skies gleam bright and clear, a hint of the dazzling view afforded the observatories crowning the mountain.

Winter on Lake Michigan

Snow-covered fields appear as geometric patterns on Lake Michigan’s Washington Island in this photograph taken by the crew of the International Space Station.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY

Like windblown smoke from a chimney, streamers of ice trail from the shores of Lake Michigan's Washington Island, adorning this view of the frozen waters released on March 10 from the International Space Station.

The thickness of the ice "stringers" depends on the length of the shoreline from which they protrude. Ice has covered more than 90 percent of Lake Michigan this winter, the most for March since 1978.

Rhea Shines in Sunlight

A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight, Saturn's second largest moon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA/JPL-CALTECH/SPACE SCIENCE INSTITUTE

Rhea, the second largest of Saturn's moons, shines brightly in this image released this week from the international Cassini mission spacecraft.

Only 949 miles (1,527 kilometers) wide, Rhea always displays only one face toward Saturn, locked in the same tidal embrace with its planet that our moon has with Earth.

The mixture of smooth and cratered plains on the icy moon suggests that an asteroid impact may have changed part of the moon's surface long ago.

Himalaya Glaciers Filling Lake

This satellite image shows an area of the Himalaya mountain range in northeastern Nepal, about 8 km south of Mount Everest (not pictured).
PHOTOGRAPH BY KARI/ESA

In Nepal, melting glaciers fill a fast-growing lake in the Himalaya, seen in this Friday view from the European Space Agency's Kompsat-2 satellite. (See: "Adventure in the Himalaya.")

Shrouded in snow, glaciers such as Imja (in the upper part of this view) gleam from the ridges and valleys of the high mountains. Their runoff feeds rivers such as the Ganges and Indus.

Crater Dust Reveals Martian Interior

A photo of a crater on Mars.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA/JPL/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Golden dust scattered about the surface of Mars appears in this March 12 picture taken from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. (See: "Mission to Mars.")

The crater appears to be young, perhaps only a few thousand years old.

The ejecta from the crater reveals the difference between the dark surface of the red planet and its lighter-colored depths. That contrast may be evidence that water weathered the underground minerals long ago.

Aurora Dances in Arctic Skies

A photo of auroras over Norway.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARCO BROTTO, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

Northern lights shimmered for hours in the Norwegian skies, seen in this March 13 Your Shot picture.

Solar activity has spurred a spate of auroras in recent months, filling skies in polar regions with pulsing light. (See: "Northern Lights Setting Skies Alight.")

8 comments
Clarence Michael
Clarence Michael

The diaspora of creation appealing as always with Nat Geo

Noorah Ahmed
Noorah Ahmed

The world is really amazing.

Thanks for the pictures.

AFTAB SHEIKH
AFTAB SHEIKH

very informative data compiled by nat geo   .YOU DESERVE THE BEST OS ALL APPRECIATION BY ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE OF ANY READERS WHO ASPIRE FOR HIS DRIVE TO INCREASE HIS BORDERS OF KNOWLEDGE THANKS YOU

Marco Brotto
Marco Brotto

@Shahab FarahmandHi, the feeling when I see the dawn feel a whirlwind of emotions. Sometimes we feel powerful, sometimes fearful, every second we have the maximum adrenaline. indescribable

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