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Ettal Abbey tower is viewed in front of the snow-covered landscape in Ettal, southern Germany
An Afghan man pushes his cart along the shore of Shuhada lake in Kabul, Afghanistan
A starry night sky on the Isle of Man, one of the best places in the British Isles to stargaze. The island has 26 designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites. Light pollution means that most Britons have never seen a truly dark sky, but its low population density and small number of built-up areas, makes the island an ideal location.
A beach can be seen along the coastline of Arnhem Land, east of Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory. Over half of Australia lies above the Tropic of Capricorn, but it is home to only five per cent of the population. It is a frontier land with little infrastructure, populated by cattle barons, crocodile hunters and aboriginal tribes. Geologists say the Northern Territory, which is the size of South Africa, has abundant diamond, gold and uranium reserves. However, a fifth of the Northern Territory is owned or controlled by aboriginal groups and many Aborigines have joined environmentalists to discourage mining.