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The Best Pix of the Week
Breaking the sound barrier, a fearsome volcano, and a cross-eyed possum. 
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Sun unleashing a medium-sized solar flare, a minor radiation storm and a spectacular coronal mass ejection on June 7, 2011. The large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down looking as if it covered an area of almost half the solar surface. The ejection delivered a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field. 

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Lightning strikes over the Puyehue volcano, over 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile, Monday June 6, 2011.  Authorities have evacuated about 3,500 people in the nearby area. The volcano was calm on Monday, two days after raining down ash and forcing thousands to flee, although the cloud of soot it had belched out still darkened skies as far away as Argentina.

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In this June 3, 2011 photo released by the U.S. Navy, an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration over the Pacific Ocean.
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Smoke bombs explode near a South Korean army K-1 tank during a South Korea and U.S. joint military exercise against possible North Korean attacks in Paju, near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. North Korea conducted a routine short-range missile test last week in an apparent effort to improve its missile capabilities, a South Korean official said Wednesday, amid renewed tension on the Korean peninsula.

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Smoke from the the Wallow Fire rises as it approaches the towns of Eagar and Springerville on June 9, 2011 near Eagar, Arizona. The fire, covering over 600 square miles, has forced thousands to evacuate. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Lightning and a forming rainbow are seen over the state agency buildings at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: Ronja Lerche, 2, of Erfurt, Germany, puts her feet in the fountain at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, on June 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. A heat wave hit the Washington area this week, and temperatures reached the upper 90s. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Randy Lovesky cools off in the water park on a hot sunny day at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort in Darien Center, N.Y., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. The East Coast saw temperatures soaring to almost 100 degrees. 

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A car lies covered with rubble from a landslide after a cloudburst in Doda district, about 140 kilometers (88 miles) from Jammu, India, Thursday, June 9, 2011. At least four people were feared dead and hundreds of vehicles stranded after a cloudburst on the Doda-Batote highway Thursday, according to government officials.

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Japanese Atsuto Uchida fights for the ball with the Czech Republic's David Lafata during their friendly soccer match in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, June 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Frank Perez is seen outside American Airlines Center before Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday June 7, 2011, in Dallas.
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A Special Olympics athlete playing the role of high priestess, lights the flame  during a rehearsal  of the Special Olympics World Summer Games torch lighting ceremony in Athens on June 9, 2011 at the ancient Pnyx site. The June 25-July 4 games will host 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from nearly 180 countries. 

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Cross_Eyed_Opossum

Germany's beloved cross-eyed opossum (didelphis) called Heidi, investigates her new enclosure in the giant tropical hall 'Gondwanaland' in the Leipzig Zoo, Germany, on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Heidi and the two other opossums will be on show to the public in a section for nocturnal animals within the Gondwanaland tropical experience world from July 1, 2011. The animal came from a zoo in Denmark to Leipzig, where they found out that she is cross-eyed. 

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Mexico_Cosplayers

Jessica Legorreta, 29, poses wearing her self-made RC Transformer motorcycle costume at her home in a working class neighborhood in Mexico City, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Legorreta, whose daytime job is an industrial designer, is, along with her husband, an avid cosplayer and cosmaker, a type of performance art in which participants don and make costumes and accessories to represent a specific character. Their characters of choice are the Transformers and the Star Wars characters.

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A boy is launched on an amusement ride during an annual Chinese traditional Dragon Boat Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, 

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Chase Mattioli, driver of the #99 CollegeComplete.com Ford, practices for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400k at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Horses and exercise riders work on the track during a morning training session in preparation for The Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2011 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Master of Hounds gets a cool breeze from a pair of fans as he rests in his stall, Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Master of Hounds, trained in Ireland, is entered in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. 

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The Best Pix of the Week

Breaking the sound barrier, a fearsome volcano, and a cross-eyed possum. 

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