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September 1[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Iapetus

An approximately natural color mosaic of Iapetus, the third-largest moon of Saturn, taken on December 31, 2004 at a distance of about 173,000 km. Two huge and ancient impact craters are visible as well as a mountain range running precisely along the equator. North pole is approximately at the 1 o'clock position and is in darkness here. Named after the mythical Iapetus, the moon was discovered by the orbiter's namesake, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, in 1671.

Photo credit: Cassini orbiter
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September 2[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Glossy Ibis

The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is a migratory wading bird in the ibis family Threskiornithidae. It is the most widespread ibis species and can be found in warm regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Atlantic and Caribbean region of the Americas. The Glossy Ibis falls under the conservation protection of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds.

Photo credit: André Karwath/Debivort
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September 3[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Huaso

A huaso, a Chilean countryman and skilled horseman, similar to cowboys, gauchos, and vaqueros, in a wheat field, 1940. Huasos typically wear a straw hat called a chupalla and a poncho called a manta or a chamanto. They are an important part of Chilean folkloric culture.

Photo credit: Toni Frissell
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September 4[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Externsteine

The Externsteine, a distinctive rock formation located in the Teutoburger Wald region of northwestern Jẹ́mánì, are a popular tourist attraction. Stairs and a small bridge connecting two of the rocks lead to the top.

Photo credit: Daniel Schwen
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September 5[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy, at dusk. Although it is now in a severely ruined condition, the Colosseum has long been seen as an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and is one of the finest surviving examples of Roman architecture.

Photo credit: Diliff
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September 6[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Lion

Male lion (Panthera leo) and cub eating a Cape Buffalo in Northern Sabi Sand, South Africa. Lions are true predators who can require up to seven kilograms (15 lbs) of meat daily to survive. Large mammals comprise an important part of a lion's diet.

Photo credit: Luca Galuzzi
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September 7[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Flower chafers

Two Punctate flower chafers (Polystigma punctatum) mating on a carrot flower head. Flower chafers are a group of scarab beetles. There are over 4,000 species, many of which are diurnal and visit flowers for pollen and nectar, or to browse on the petals. These specimens are approximately 25 millimetres (1 in) in length.

Photo credit: Fir0002
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September 8[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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USS Enterprise (CV-6)

Crash landing of an F6F Hellcat into the port side 20mm gun gallery of the USS Enterprise, November 10, 1943. Lieutenant Walter L. Chewning, Jr., USNR, the Catapult Officer, is climbing up the plane's side to assist the pilot from the burning aircraft. The pilot, Ensign Byron M. Johnson, escaped without significant injury. Note the plane's ruptured belly fuel tank.

Photo credit: United States Navy
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September 9[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Law enforcement in Germany

A portrait of a chief police officer in Hamburg, wearing the new blue uniform in accordance with the policy of using the same colour for police uniforms and vehicles throughout the European Union. Law enforcement in Germany is divided into two groups: the federal police and the state police. There formerly were also local police, but they were not effective in fighting the rise of organised crime and terrorism (Baader-Meinhof, RAF) and were merged into the state police in the 1970s.

Photo credit: Daniel Schwen
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September 10[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Phenakistoscope

An animated simulation of a phenakistoscope disc. The phenakistoscope is one of the first devices to create moving images and a precursor of the zoopraxiscope and, in turn, cinematography. Conceived as a simple disc to be held vertically in front of a mirror and spun around its axis, the subjects appear to be in motion when viewed through the slits of the disc.

Original disc by: Eadweard Muybridge
Animation by: trialsanderrors

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September 11[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Soyuz TMA-7

Backdropped by a blanket of clouds, the Soyuz TMA-7 mission departs from the International Space Station. The spacecraft is a Soyuz-TMA ship, which features several changes from the Soyuz-TM design to accommodate requirements requested by NASA in order to service the ISS.

Photo credit: Expedition 12 crew
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September 12[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Saint Peter's Square

A stitched mosaic of Saint Peter's Square, in Vatican City, the papal enclave within Rome, Italy, as seen from the top of St. Peter's Basilica. The area was redesigned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, from 1656 to 1667, and was extended by the Via della Conciliazione (seen leading out of the plaza here), Mussolini's grand avenue of approach.

Photo credit: Diliff
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September 13[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Mantodea

An adult large brown mantid (Archimantis latistyla, approx. 11 cm / 4 in long) hanging upside-down on a carrot flower. The majority of the species within the order Mantodea are praying mantises. The closest relatives of mantids are the orders Isoptera (termites) and Blattodea (cockroaches), and these three groups together are sometimes ranked as an order rather than a superorder.

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September 14[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Ensay, Victoria

Early morning mist clings to the hills southeast of Ensay, Victoria, Australia. The township is named after the now-unpopulated island of Ensay in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. "Ensay" is a Gaelic translation for Jesus.

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September 15[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Milky Way (astronomy)

The Milky Way above Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, California. The Milky Way, when observed from Earth's surface, is the hazy band of white light that is seen in the night sky, arching across the entire celestial sphere. It is comprised of stars and other material lying within the galactic plane of our galaxy, The Milky Way Galaxy.

Photo credit: Dan Duriscoe, National Park Service.
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September 16[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Green turtle

The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) is a large sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. Despite the turtle's common name, it is lightly-colored all around while its carapace's hues range from olive-brown to black. The turtle is actually named for the greenish coloration of its fat and flesh.

Photo credit: Mila Zinkova
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September 17[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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United States Constitution

The first page of the United States Constitution, the supreme law of the United States of America. The Constitution was adopted in its original form on September 17 1787. The original document (consisting of four pages, of which the first is pictured here) is displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Image credit: National Archives
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September 18[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Lantana camara

Flowers, leaves and buds of Lantana camara (Verbenaceae family), an evergreen shrub native of tropical regions but common in Europe and America, growing up to about 2 m high. The small flowers are held in umbels up to about 5cm across, with colours varying, in the same plant and also with time, from white, yellow and orange to rose and pink.

Photo credit: Joaquim Alves Gaspar
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September 19[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Whirlpool Galaxy (left) NGC 5195 (right)

The Whirlpool Galaxy (left) and its companion NGC 5195 (right). The pair are located at a distance of approximately 23 million light-years in the constellation Canes Venatici. Both are easily observed by amateur astronomers, and the two galaxies may even be seen with binoculars.

Photo credit: Hubble Space Telescope
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September 20[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Gun turret

An animated naval gun turret, based on the Mark I turret of the British BL 15 inch /42 naval gun, which was used to arm big gun ships of the Royal Navy from 1915 to 1946. Ordnance is loaded into a hoist at the shell room, then powder magazines are added from the powder room. The hoist then transfers this load to the top of the turret, where the shell and gunpowder are loaded into the gun barrel and discharged. The cycle then repeats.

Image credit: Emoscopes
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September 21[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Yom Kippur

An 1878 painting by Maurycy Gottlieb depicting Ashkenazi Jews praying in the synagogue on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. Traditional elements shown include tallit, the torah, kippot and the segregation of men and women in the synagogue. The artist has painted himself among the people of his hometown of Drohobych.

Artist: Maurycy Gottlieb
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September 22[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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USS Shaw (DD-373)

The forward magazine of the destroyer USS Shaw explodes as a result of combat damage during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7 1941. At right, the bow of USS Nevada can be seen after her aborted escape attempt out channel.

Photo credit: United States Navy
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September 23[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Washington National Cathedral

A high dynamic range image of the sanctuary at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.. Located in the east end of the cathedral, the Ter Sanctus reredos features 110 carved figures surrounding the central figure of Jesus. The choir is seen in the foreground. The cathedral is the designated "National House of Prayer" of the United States.

Photo credit: Noclip
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September 24[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Fulmer Falls

Fulmer Falls is a chute type waterfall located in the George W. Childs Recreation Site in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, United States. The falls are downstream from Factory Falls and upstream from Deer Leap Falls. At 16.8 meters (55 feet), it is the largest of the three.

Photo credit: Derek Ramsey
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September 25[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Philippine-American War

Filipino casualties on the first day of Philippine-American War, February 5 1899. The original caption was, "Insurgent dead just as they fell in the trench near Santa Ana, February 5th. The trench was circular, and the picture shows but a small portion." The war lasted until 1913 and resulted in the colonization of the Philippine Islands by the United States.

Photo credit: United States Army
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September 26[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) is a small, stocky shorebird common to Canada and the northern United States. In appearance the bird is similar to the Common Snipe, which can be found in northern Europe and Russia. Normally shy, the bird prefers to remain hidden in marshy grasses and watered fields, probing for worms and other invertebrates with its sensitive beak. In spring and early summer the Snipe is heard and seen more frequently as male birds search for mates and pairs establish nesting locations.

Photo credit: Sean Breazeal
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September 27[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Barbary Macaque

The Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvana) is a primate native to Gibraltar and North Africa. Although the species is commonly referred to as the "Barbary Ape", it is in fact a monkey. The Rock of Gibraltar is home to the last wild monkey population in all of Europe, where popular belief holds that as long as Barbary Macaques exist on Gibraltar, the territory will remain under British rule.

Photo credit: Christopher Buttigieg
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September 28[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Hyperion

Hyperion, a moon of Saturn, is one of the largest highly irregular (non-spherical) bodies in the solar system. Enhanced image processing was used to bring out details and color differences in this photo taken by the Cassini orbiter. Hyperion is entirely saturated with deep, sharp-edged craters that give it the appearance of a giant sponge. Dark material fills the bottom of each crater.

Photo credit: Cassini orbiter
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September 29[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Kings Creek, with Lassen Peak in the background, inside Lassen Volcanic National Park, Northern California, United States. The park was established in 1916 during the last eruption of Lassen Peak. California State Route 89, which passes through the park, is the highest road in the Cascade Mountains at 8,512 feet (2,594 m).

Photo credit: Daniel Schwen
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September 30[àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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British Columbia Parliament Buildings

Located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and officially opened in 1898 with a 500 feet (150 m) long facade, central dome, two end pavilions, and a gold-covered statue of Captain George Vancouver, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings are home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Photo credit: Ryan Bushby
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