Cancer is a medium-size constellation and one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for crab, and it is commonly represented as one. Cancer's stars are rather faint, with its brightest star Beta Cancri having an apparent magnitude of 3.5. It contains two stars with known planets. Located at the center of the constellation is Praesepe (Messier 44), one of the closest open clusters to Earth and a popular target for amateur astronomers.
The west gate (Gedhong Gapura Hageng) at Taman Sari, the site of a former royal garden in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is located within the grounds of the palace of the city's sultan. Built in mid-18th century, Taman Sari historically consisted of four distinct areas. However, only the central bathing complex is well preserved today.
A malachite kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus) at Lake Baringo, Kenya. Although many male birds have brighter colours than females, this is not the case with the malachite kingfisher; both sexes are equally colourful. When fishing, these birds often perch less than a metre above the water, diving in once they spot fish, aquatic insects, or crustaceans to prey upon.Photograph: Charles J. Sharp
Act I, Scene I of King Lear, a play by William Shakespeare first performed in 1606, as depicted by Edwin Austin Abbey. Based on the legend of Leir of Britain, it depicts King Lear's gradual descent into madness after he disposes of his kingdom to two of his three daughters based on their flattery. This tragedy has frequently been adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors.
In this scene, Cordelia, the youngest of Lear's three daughters, is banished for refusing to profess her love in return for one third of the kingdom. Instead, she proclaims that there is nothing to compare her love to, nor words to properly express it.Painting: Edwin Austin Abbey
A colour-composite image of the Carina Nebula, revealing details in the stars and dust of the region. Several astronomical objects can be seen in this wide field image, including the binary star Eta Carinae to the bottom left, adjacent to the Keyhole Nebula. Two open star clusters, Trumpler 14 and Collinder 228, can be found above and below Eta Carinae, respectively.Photograph: ESO
Drainage of water in Lake Urmia in Iran between 1984 and 2014. Once the largest lake in the Middle East, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km2 (2,000 sq mi), this salt lake has shrunk to less than 10% of its former size.Video: مانفی using NASA imagery
Echidna catenata, also known as the chain moray, is a species of moray eel found in shallow parts of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. It is mainly nocturnal, hiding in holes and crevices in shallow water during the day. Although it may reach a maximum length of 165 cm (65 in), lengths of about 40 cm (16 in) are more common.Photograph: Betty Wills
Shown here is The Miracle at the Grave of Elisha, an oil painting on panel which was completed by the Dutch painter Jan Nagel in 1596. It depicts part of the Biblical account of Elisha, a miracle that occurred after his death. Following 2 Kings 13:21, the painting shows a dead man who was "revived, and stood up on his feet" after touching Elisha's interred bones.Painting: Jan Nagel
A panoramic view of Toledo, as seen from the Parador Hotel in 2014. This central Spanish city is the capital of the province of the same name. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage. It has historically been influenced by the co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews. As of 2015[update], the city has a population of 83,226 and an area of 232.1 km2 (89.6 sq mi).Photograph: Chensiyuan