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A colourful sky before sunrise on Whitley Bay beach, as December could be the mildest across a large part of England since records began more than 350 years ago

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A colourful sky before sunrise on Whitley Bay beach, as December could be the mildest across a large part of England since records began more than 350 years ago

TOPSHOT - This photo taken on December 2...TOPSHOT - This photo taken on December 2, 2015 shows a lenticular cloud forming as white streaks from airplanes mark the blue sky, in a rare atmospheric phenomena above the town of Gevgelija on December 2, 2015. Lenticular clouds have been regularly confused for UFOs throughout history due to the their smooth, round or oval lens-shaped structure. AFP PHOTO / ARMEND NIMANI / AFP / ARMEND NIMANIARMEND NIMANI/AFP/Getty Images

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A lenticular cloud forms as white streaks from airplanes mark the blue sky, in a rare atmospheric phenomena above the town of Gevgelija, Macedona. Lenticular clouds have been regularly confused for UFOs throughout history due to the their smooth, round or oval lens-shaped structure

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights illuminate the night sky near the town of Kirkenes in northern Norway.

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The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights illuminate the night sky near the town of Kirkenes in northern Norway

A lunar eclipse coincides with a so-called "supermoon" in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. Sky-watchers around the world are in for a treat Sunday night and Monday when the shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the moon, the result of rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year

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A lunar eclipse coincides with a so-called “supermoon” in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. Sky-watchers around the world are in for a treat Sunday night and Monday when the shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the moon, the result of rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year

Summer weather Aug 27th 2015...A faint Aurora can be seen over Bamburgh lighthouse in Northumberland the early hours of this morning. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 27, 2015

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A faint Aurora can be seen over Bamburgh lighthouse in Northumberland the early hours of this morning

Lightning strikes during an evening thun...Lightning strikes during an evening thunderstorm on August 23, 2015 in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. AFP PHOTO/HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

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Lightning strikes during an evening thunderstorm in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince 

The sun rises over Whitley Bay with the top of St Mary's lighthouse visible, as hot and humid air is expected to be pushed into northern Europe this weekend, including Britain, creating a "Spanish Plume"

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The sun rises over Whitley Bay with the top of St Mary’s lighthouse visible, as hot and humid air is expected to be pushed into northern Europe this weekend, including Britain, creating a “Spanish Plume”

A meteor streaks across the sky over Leeberg hill during the Perseid meteor shower near Grossmugl...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHTA meteor streaks across the sky over Leeberg hill during the Perseid meteor shower near Grossmugl in the early morning of August 13, 2015. The annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on August 12 and 13 in Europe, according to NASA. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYREUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.REUTERS NEWS PICTURES. TEMPLATE OUT

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A meteor streaks across the sky over Leeberg hill during the Perseid meteor shower near Grossmugl early on Thursday. The annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on Wednesday and Thursday in Europe, according to NASA. 

Balloonists Take To The Skies For The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta...BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate onFriday in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started on Thursday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. 

Rainbows Light Up Sydney Harbour...SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17:  A rainbow is seen over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on June 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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A rainbow is seen over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia 

A meteorite burns up in the atmosphere, seen near Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary

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A meteorite burns up in the atmosphere, seen near Salgotarjan, 109km northeast of Budapest, Hungary

Full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on wednesday

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Full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on Wednesday

A flock of starlings is seen as...TOPSHOTS A flock of starlings is seen as they perform their traditional dance fly before landing to sleep during the sunset near the southern Arab Israeli city of Rahat, in the northern Israeli Negev desert, on February 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANAMENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

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A flock of starlings is seen as they perform their traditional dance fly before landing to sleep during the sunset near the southern Arab Israeli city of Rahat, in the northern Israeli Negev desert. 

A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early 02 February 2015. The eruptions are reported to have begun on 31 January 2015 at Mount Etna's new south east crater

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A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early on Monday

A handout photo released by the European...A handout photo released by the European Southern Observatory on November 3, 2014 shows a starry sky, with a bright column due to zodiacal light, illuminating the desert landscape around Cerro Paranal, in Chile, home to ESOs Very Large Telescope (VLT). AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / Y.BELETSKY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / Y.BELETSKY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSY.Beletsky/AFP/Getty Images

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A photo released by the European Southern Observatory shows a starry sky, with a bright column due to zodiacal light, illuminating the desert landscape around Cerro Paranal, in Chile, home to ESOs Very Large Telescope.

The silhouette of a cat walking on top of a fence stands out against the sky during sunrise near Sehnde, Germany on Tuesday. Indian summer, or Altweibersommer (old womens summer) in German, is a weather phenomenon which often brings sunny weather between mid-September and the start of October in parts of central Europe.

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The silhouette of a cat walking on top of a fence stands out against the sky during sunrise near Sehnde, Germany on Tuesday

Hot Air Balloons Take To The Skies For The European Balloon Festival...IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: Hot air balloons fly over Igualada during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2014 in Igualada, Spain. The early morning flight of over 30 balloons was shorter than expected due to windy weather. This flight is organised as a curtain raiser for the four-day European Balloon Festival. Now is the 18th year of the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Hot air balloons fly over Igualada, Spain, during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival. The morning flight of more than 30 balloons was shorter than expected due to strong wind. 

Diners are suspended from a crane as they enjoy a meal organized by the "Dinner in the Sky" over Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai on June 27, 2014. Dinner in the Sky kicked off in Shanghai on June 27 with 22 diners enjoying their meal in a sky box suspended from a crane about 50 meters above the ground, at a price that varies from 1,888 yuan (302 USD) to 8,888 yuan (1,423 USD)

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Diners are suspended from a crane as they enjoy a meal organized by the “Dinner in the Sky” over Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai on Friday. Dinner in the Sky kicked off in Shanghai with 22 diners enjoying their meal in a sky box suspended from a crane about 50 meters above the ground

Diners take lunch suspended in the air on June 2, 2014 above the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels."Dinner in the sky" is an "unique occasion" to discover Brussels's high cuisine and enjoy a spectacular view of the city from the air. 22 guests, strapped into their chairs with harnesses, sit around the mini kitchen where a 'starred' chef prepares and serves the meals and the wine. Brussels wants to become an essential actor of the European gastronomic scene. With its 19 starred restaurants, the EU capital has now more stars than Berlin, Rome, or Milan. "Brussels in the Sky" takes place until June 29th at the Parc du Centenaire, close to the European area. Italy is the guest of honour at this 3rd edition.

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Diners have lunch suspended on Monday above the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels for “Dinner in the Sky”

The Shard building.

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The Shard building is photographed in London on Thursday.