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Of the Ottoman Black Seagull

Seagull flies over Bosphorus against the backdrop of the Ottoman-era New mosque in Istanbul

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A seagull flies over Bosphorus against the backdrop of the Ottoman-era New mosque in Istanbul January 2, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: ANIMALS CITYSCAPE)

Turkish soldiers stand guard near their armoured vehicles in an a square pictured in the city of Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey on October 8, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ilyas Akengin)

A Turkish police officer stands guard along a street leading to where a female suicide bomber was killed on January 6, 2015, when she blew herself up in an attack on the police station in the main tourist district of Istanbul (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan walks down the stairs in between soldiers, wearing traditional army uniforms from the Ottoman Empire, as he arrives for a welcoming ceremony for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Ankara January 12, 2015. REUTERS/Adem Altan/Pool (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS)

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan walks down the stairs in between soldiers, wearing traditional army uniforms from the Ottoman Empire, as he arrives for a welcoming ceremony for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Ankara January 12, 2015. REUTERS//Pool (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS)

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan walks down the stairs in between soldiers as he arrives for a welcoming ceremony for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential Palace in Ankara

Turkey's President Erdogan walks down the stairs in between soldiers wearing traditional army uniforms during  Ottoman Empire Presidential Palace in Ankara

    Of the Turkish Kobani Frontlines

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    Local media reports said Twelve Turkish nationalists detained after an attack on U.S. sailors in Istanbul were released on Thursday but could still face charges for causing insult and injury. The group assaulted the three sailors on a crowded street in Istanbul on Wednesday, shouting “Yankee go home”, throwing paint and trying to pull hoods over their heads, in an assault condemned by the United States. The Dogan News Agency said The group, members of the nationalist Turkish Youth Union, were told they faced possible charges of insult, injury and breaching laws on public protests in an Istanbul court before being released by the prosecutor. (WOCHit Screen Capture)

    A Turkish army tank drives at sunset on a hill overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani, outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Turkish army tanks manoeuvre near Turkish Kurds (not pictured) watching the Syrian town of Kobani from atop a hill near the Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province November 18, 2014. Turkish Kurds were watching the fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters in Kobani. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT)

    A Turkish army tank manoeuvres near Turkish Kurds watching over the Syrian town of Kobani from atop a hill near Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT)

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      Of the Turkish Stars Frontlines

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      Turkish army aerobatic demonstration team, known as the Turkish Stars, perform during the 91st anniversary celebrations of the creation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

      A member of the Turkish army aerobatic demonstration team, known as the Turkish Stars, performs during the 91st anniversary celebrations of the creation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

      Members of the Turkish army aerobatic demonstration team, known as the Turkish Stars, perform during the 91st anniversary celebrations of the creation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

      A Turkish military helicopter lands near a staging area where Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are stationed on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the northern Syrian border town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled city.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

      A Turkish military vehicle drives on a hillside backdropped by destroyed buildings in the town of Kobani following airstrikes by the US led coalition, seen from the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

      Turkish army tank takes position near Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeasternTurkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provincee, October 18, 2014. A U.S.-led military coalition has been bombing Islamic State fighters who hold a large swathe of territory in both Iraq and Syria, two countries involved in complex multi-sided civil wars in which nearly every country in the Middle East has a stake.. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (TURKEY – Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT)

      A Turkish soldier walks next to tanks stationed on a hillside overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani on the outskirts of Suruc, Turkey, on the Turkey-Syria border, just across from Kobani, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of Kurds are rallying in Turkish cities in solidarity with the embattled Syrian city of Kobani, which has been under a brutal siege by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

      A Turkish soldier walks by tanks stationed on a hilltop overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani, on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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        Of the Turkish Syrian-Kobani-Kurd Frontlines

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        Turkish army tanks take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014. Outgunned Kurdish fighters vowed on Monday not to abandon their increasingly desperate efforts to defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants pressing in from three sides and pounding them with heavy artillery. Despite the heavy fighting, which has seen mortars rain down on residential areas in Kobani and stray fire hit Turkish territory, a Reuters reporter saw around 30 people cross over from Turkey, apparently to help with defence of the town. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)

        A Turkish army tank manoeuvers near Turkish Kurds watching over the Syrian town of Kobani from atop a hill near Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 11, 2014. A senior Kurdish militant has threatened Turkey with a new Kurdish revolt if it sticks with its current policy of non-intervention in the battle for Kobani. Kurdish forces allied to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the People’s Defence Units (YPG), are fighting against Islamic State insurgents attacking Kobani close to the Turkish border. Turkey is reluctant to open its border to allow arms to reach the out-gunned Kurds. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)

        Turkish army tanks manoeuver as Turkish Kurds watch over the Syrian town of Kobani from atop a hill near Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 11, 2014. A senior Kurdish militant has threatened Turkey with a new Kurdish revolt if it sticks with its current policy of non-intervention in the battle for Kobani. Kurdish forces allied to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the People’s Defence Units (YPG), are fighting against Islamic State insurgents attacking Kobani close to the Turkish border. Turkey is reluctant to open its border to allow arms to reach the out-gunned Kurds. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)

        A Turkish army tank takes up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014. Outgunned Kurdish fighters vowed on Monday not to abandon their increasingly desperate efforts to defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants pressing in from three sides and pounding them with heavy artillery. Despite the heavy fighting, which has seen mortars rain down on residential areas in Kobani and stray fire hit Turkish territory, a Reuters reporter saw around 30 people cross over from Turkey, apparently to help with defence of the town. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)

        Turkish soldiers in a a tank hold their position on a hilltop in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking smoke rising from a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The fighting over Kobani has brought Syria’s civil war yet again to Turkey’s doorstep and allies have tried to press Ankara to take a more robust role in the U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

        Turkish soldiers on armored vehicles watch from their positions on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, as smoke rises from a fire caused by a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

        Turkish soldiers in tanks and an armored vehicle hold their positions on a hilltop in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking smoke rising from a fire caused by a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The fighting over Kobani has brought Syria’s civil war yet again to Turkey’s doorstep and allies have tried to press Ankara to take a more robust role in the U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

        Turkish soldiers in tanks and an armoured vehicle hold their positions on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The fighting over Kobani has brought Syria’s civil war yet again to Turkey’s doorstep and allies have tried to press Ankara to take a more robust role in the U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

        Turkish Land Forces Commander General Hulusi Aker and other officers gather around an army tank on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014. Outgunned Kurdish fighters vowed on Monday not to abandon their increasingly desperate efforts to defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants pressing in from three sides and pounding them with heavy artillery. Despite the heavy fighting, which has seen mortars rain down on residential areas in Kobani and stray fire hit Turkish territory, a Reuters reporter saw around 30 people cross over from Turkey, apparently to help with defence of the town. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)Turkish Land Forces Commander General Hulusi Aker and other officers gather around an army tank on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014. Outgunned Kurdish fighters vowed on Monday not to abandon their increasingly desperate efforts to defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants pressing in from three sides and pounding them with heavy artillery. Despite the heavy fighting, which has seen mortars rain down on residential areas in Kobani and stray fire hit Turkish territory, a Reuters reporter saw around 30 people cross over from Turkey, apparently to help with defence of the town. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)

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          Of the Turkish Frontlines

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          Turkish army tanks and armoured personnel carriers take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 29, 2014. Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles took up positions on hills overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday as shelling by Islamic State insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil, a Reuters correspondent said. At least 30 tanks and armoured vehicles, some with their guns pointed towards Syrian territory, were positioned near a Turkish military base just northwest of Kobani. Plumes of smoke rose up as shells hit the eastern and western sides of Kobani and sporadic bursts of machinegun fire rang out. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY)

          Turkish tanks roll to take positions along the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. U.S.-led coalition air raids targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians, activists said Monday.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

          Turkish army tanks take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 29, 2014. Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles took up positions on hills overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday as shelling by Islamic State insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil, a Reuters correspondent said. At least 30 tanks and armoured vehicles, some with their guns pointed towards Syrian territory, were positioned near a Turkish military base just northwest of Kobani. Plumes of smoke rose up as shells hit the eastern and western sides of Kobani and sporadic bursts of machinegun fire rang out. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

          A Turkish army tank takes up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 29, 2014. Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles took up positions on hills overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday as shelling by Islamic State insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil, a Reuters correspondent said. At least 30 tanks and armoured vehicles, some with their guns pointed towards Syrian territory, were positioned near a Turkish military base just northwest of Kobani. Plumes of smoke rose up as shells hit the eastern and western sides of Kobani and sporadic bursts of machinegun fire rang out. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY)

          A Turkish soldier stands next to a tank stationed on a hill top overlooking the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani as thousands of new Syrian refugees from Kobani arrive at the Turkey-Syria border crossing of Yumurtalik near Suruc, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

          Turkish army’s armored vehicles stationed near the fighting positions between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State militants, about 10 kilometers in the west of Kobani in Syria, near Suruc, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

          A Turkish soldier stands on a hill facing a position held by Islamic State (IS) fighters, 10km west of the Syrian city of Ain al-Arab (Kobane) near the Syrian border (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

          A Turkish soldier positions a few hundreds meters from the border line as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

          Turkish soldiers take position near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the Turkish town of Suruc in southeastern Sanliurfa province October 4, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: MILITARY POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

          Turkish soldiers position a few hundreds meters from the border line as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State in Kobani in Syria, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

          Turkish soldiers positioned a few hundreds meters from the border line as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State i Kobani in Syria, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

          Turkish soldiers take up positions, a few hundreds meters from the border line, as a fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

          Turkish soldiers take positions, a few hundreds meters from the border line, as a fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

          Turkish soldiers takes up a position, a few hundreds meters from the border line as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

          Turkish military at the checkpoint as Syrian refugees from Kobani arrive at the Turkey-Syria border crossing of Murstpinar near Suruc, Turkey, late Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against a Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the militants’ advance, activists said.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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            Of the 2004 Turkish Stars

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            The Turkish Stars, aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force, perform a show during the Victory Day celebrations in Ankara, August 30, 2004. REUTERS/STRINGER

            The Turkish Stars, aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force, perform a show during the Victory Day celebrations in Ankara, August 30, 2004. REUTERS/STRINGER

            A Turkish tank guards a military checkpoint near the southeastern city of Bingol on June 14, 2001. The military’s motto in its war against Kurdish rebels is written inside a Turkey map on the hillside: “The homeland can never be divided.” Two years after a Turkish court passed its June 29 death sentence against Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, Turkey is refusing to budge on Kurdish demands to extend cultural rights and the guerrillas are warning that they could begin attacks again.(AP Photo/Str)

            President Bush meets with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, in the Oval Office of the White House. Bush’s meeting with Turkey’s prime minister highlights a diplomatically sensitive question about the future of Iraq : What should be done about the Kurds? (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

            Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan bows his head as he prays during the funeral ceremony for two police officers in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003. Police officers Huseyin Apaydin and Salih Capkin were killed Thursday when an explosion hit the British consulate. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer)

            Gen. Ilker Basbug, Turkish deputy chief of staff, left, is flanked by Gen. Metin Yavuz Yalcin, head of the army’s planning, right, as he speaks to the media in Ankara< Turkey Friday. Jan. 16, 2004. Gen. Basbug warned that bloody internal fighting could erupt in Iraq if its political structure was built on a federal system based on ethnicity. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

            A Turkish army Sikorsky helicopter flies over an M-60 tank during the army’s annual winter war exercise in Sarikamis, eastern Turkey, on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, a week before the country sends its first troops into Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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              Of the 2006 Turkish Stars

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              The Turkish Stars aerobatic team participate at the RoIAS International Air Show at Mihail Kogalniceanu airport, 240 km (149 miles) east of Bucharest, July 29, 2006. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA)

              Turkish Stars aerobatic team participate at the RoIAS International Air Show at Mihail Kogalniceanu airport, 240 km (149 miles) east of Bucharest, July 29, 2006. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA)

              The Turkish Stars aerobatic team participate at the RoIAS International Air Show at Mihail Kogalniceanu airport, 240 km (149 miles) east of Bucharest, July 29, 2006. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA)

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                Of the 2006 Cypriot Turkish Stars

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                SATURN IN THE HIVE: When the sun goes down tonight, grab a pair of binoculars and scan the eastern sky. You’ll know when you run across Saturn because it’s right next to the distinctive Beehive star cluster: Photographer Stefan Seip snapped this picture two nights ago during a break between snowstorms in Stuttgart, Germany. “Saturn and the Beehive are a nice pair–for the naked eye or binoculars,” he says. Even nicer is the view through a backyard telescope. You can see Saturn’s rings and its largest moon Titan: sky map.  

                TOTAL ECLIPSE: On March 29th, the Moon’s dark shadow touched Earth, tracing a path from Brazil to Mongolia. Wherever the shadow fell, people looked up and witnessed a spectacular eclipse of the sun. UK photographer Nick King took this picture from Antalya, Turkey, deep in the path of totality: This is no ordinary “spectacular-corona-during-a-total eclipse” photo. Look carefully at the Moon. There, in faint outline, are the dark seas and bright highlands we usually see when the Moon is full. How is that possible? Simple: Earthshine. During an eclipse, the supposedly dark New Moon is illuminated by sunlight reflected from Earth. King captured the corona and Earthshine in the same image by carefully combining 10 different exposures.

                A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet flies over a military airbase in Dalaman near the southwestern Turkish city of Mugla, Tuesday, May 23, 2006. A Greek and a Turkish warplane collided Tuesday over the Aegean Sea island of Karpathos as they shadowed each other. The Turkish pilot was rescued by a merchant ship, while a Greek helicopter and navy vessels searched for the Greek pilot after the two F-16 jets crashed into the sea 20 kilometers, 12.5 miles, south of Karpathos. (AP Photo/Anatolia, Kenan Gurbuz)

                A Turkish F-16 fighter plane prepares to takeoff from the tarmac of a military airbase near the southwestern city of Mugla, May 23, 2006. REUTERS/Anatolian News Agency

                Turkish air force jets perform a fly over the Turkish occupied area of Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, July 20, 2006. The flight was part of the ceremonies marking the 32nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation on July 20, 1974, of the northern area of the island. (AP Photo Philippos Christou)

                Turkish air force jets perform a fly over the Turkish occupied area of Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, July 20, 2006. The flight was part of the ceremonies marking the 32nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation on July 20, 1974, of the northern area of the island. (AP Photo Philippos Christou)

                Turkey’s President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, right, and Chief of Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit during the celebrations for the Republic Day which marks the Turkish Republic’s 83th anniversary in Ankara, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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                  Of the Cypriot Turkish Star

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                  A Turkish fighter jet flies over a military parade in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, July 20, 2014. The parade was part of celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern area of the island. Cyprus was split into Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

                  A Turkish fighter jet, left, and an acrobatic jet aircraft fly over a military parade in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, July 20, 2014. The parade was part of celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern area of the island. Cyprus was split into Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

                  A Turkish parachutist with a Turkish flag flies over a military parade in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway part of divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, July 20, 2014. The parade was part of the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern area of the island. Cyprus was split into Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

                  FILE – In this July 24, 1974 file photo, aTurkish army tank passes the Saray Hotel in the Turkish section of Nicosia, Cyprus. On the roof of a nearby building is a picture of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkish republic. Some place names don’t just tell us where we live or where we’re going. They’re also a political statement, or in the eyes of some a politically incorrect one. They may not spark a war of the worlds, but a war of words they can. One of the most cited examples, probably because of the vitriol that ensued, is a 1970s feud over Cyprus that played out in a U.N. forum. It started after Turkey occupied the northern part of the Mediterranean island, and replaced Greek names for villages with Turkish ones. (AP Photo/File)

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                    Of the Turkish Hatay Shootdown

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                    TUR03. Hatay (Turkey), 20/03/2014.- An image provided by Anadolu Agency shows a trail of smoke after, what the agency said, a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Syrian jet near the Syrian border town of Yayladagi, in Hatay, Turkey, 23 March 2014. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan comfirmed 23 March that the Turkish Air Force shot down a Syrian fighter jet. TURKEY OUT (Siria) (Barein) EFE/EPA/STF/ANADOLU AGENCY

                    TUR01. Hatay (Turkey), 20/03/2014.- Smoke rises after a Syrian fighter jet crashed after it was hit by a Turkish Army plane near the Syrian border town Yayladagi, in Hatay, Turkey, 23 March 2014. Turkey shot down a Syrian jet while it was chasing rebels inside Syrian territory, a Syrian military source told the official SANA news agency Sunday. Turkish officials said the plane was a fighter jet and violated Turkish airspace before it was shot down 23 March. TURKEY OUT (Siria) (Barein) EFE/EPA/STF/ANADOLU AGENCY

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