The weekly visual tour of the world begins far, far, away…on the sun, where a massive solar flare sent a cloud of superheated gas and charged particles hurtling at us. The incoming radiation made flying at high altitudes over the North Pole a bad idea, but photographers and other were treated to awesome Northern Light displays. Elsewhere: a protest over an oil spill in Nigeria; a spectacle of fire in Spain; prayers to the football gods in Pennsylvania; a day behind the scenes in the White House with the president of the United States; a faux Marilyn; and the real Madonna.
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