A picture of a submerged diver in 1899. Many believe it to be the first photograph taken underwater.
What happening above that volcano? Something very unusual – a volcanic light pillar. More typically, light pillars are caused by sunlight and so appear as a bright column that extends upward above a rising or setting Sun. Alternatively, other light pillars – some quite colorful – have been recorded above street and house lights. This light pillar, though, was illuminated by the red light emitted by the glowing magma of an erupting volcano. The volcano is Italy’s Mount Etna, and the featured image was captured with a single shot a few hours after sunset in mid-June. Freezing temperatures above the volcano’s ash cloud created ice-crystals either in cirrus clouds high above the volcano – or in condensed water vapor expelled by Mount Etna. These ice crystals – mostly flat toward the ground but fluttering – then reflected away light from the volcano’s caldera.
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, photographed near the Great Sphinx of Giza. 1960s.
An ivory statuette of the skeletal figure of Death as a drummer. Made by Joachim Henne in Germany, ca. 1670-1680 CE, now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Bead Bracelet of Queen Ahhotep, Second Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty, 1560-1530 BC. From Dra’ Abu el-Naga’, West Thebes.
The Gate of All Nations (Old Persian: duvarthim visadahyum) also known as the Gate of Xerxes , is located in the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis, Fars Province, Iran.
The Copper Scroll (3Q15) is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in Cave 3 near Khirbet Qumran. Unlike the others, it is not a literary work, but a list of 64 places where various items of gold and silver were buried or hidden. C. 50–100 CE, now on display at the Jordan Museum in Amman.
Young Woman from Guanajuato, Mexico playing a mandolina conchera, a guitar-like instrument traditionally made from the shell of an armadillo circa 1895.
The baptistry basin of the Byzantine Basilica of St Vitalis in ancient Sufetula, today known as Sbeitla in Tunisia. 5th-6th century CE.