Behold 28 amazing news photos from February 2014

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Behold 28 amazing news photos from February 2014
A Belarus Interior Ministry special forces soldier demonstrates his ability to sustain a blow during a competition to mark the Defenders of the Fatherland Day at their training centre outside Minsk, on February 23, 2014. Belarus alongside Russia and other countries of the former USSR celebrates the Soviet holiday on February 23 each year. Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the holiday was given its current name in 2002 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. AFP PHOTO/VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Mother and her child feed birds in the Belarus capital Minsk, on February 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

The moon setting on the blue earth atmosphere, photographed from orbit on February 21, 2014 by astronaut Koichi Wakata.


Lightning strikes behind the Port of Buceo during a thunderstorm in Montevideo, early on February 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MARIANA SUAREZ (Photo credit should read MARIANA SUAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Austria's Matthias Mayer competes during the Men's Alpine Skiing Downhill at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
People look on as high waves strike the harbour wall at Porthcawl, south Wales on February 8 2014. Strong winds and heavy rain lashed the south west of England and south Wales with winds gusting at up to 80mph in places. (GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: The ball flies over the head of quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Indira a bengal white tigress, lies down with her cubs at the zoo of Cali, Colombia, on February 6, 2014. The cubs were born on November 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis perform during the Super Bowl 48 halftime show at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on February 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Timothy CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Somali fisherman carries a swordfish from the port to the market in Mogadishu, Somalia on February 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JM LOPEZ (Photo credit should read JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada's Sarah Reid takes off during Skeleton training at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: A young Denver fan cries during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
An Indian farmer walks through a mustard field in Baran village near Patiala on February 25, 2014. Over 70 percent of Indians depend on agricultural incomes and about 65 percent of India's farms depend on rains that fall between June and September. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Overhead angle of Presidents Obama and Hollande before last night's state dinner shot by official White House photographer Pete Souza on Feb. 11, 2014 and posted to his Twitter account.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 19: Daniel Geale punches Garth Wood during the I.B.F. Middleweight Pan Pacific title bout between Garth Wood of Australia and Daniel Geale of Australia at the Hordern Pavilion on February 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Ice cover on North America’s Great Lakes reached 88 percent in mid-February 2014—levels not observed since 1994. The average maximum ice extent since 1973 is just over 50 percent. It has surpassed 80 percent just five times in four decades. The lowest average ice extent occurred in 2002, when only 9.5 percent of the lakes froze.

The images above were acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on February 19, 2014. The first image shows the Great Lakes in natural color in the early afternoon, when ice covered 80.3 percent of the lakes, according to NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. The second, false-color image uses a combination of shortwave infrared, near infrared, and red (MODIS bands 7-2-1) that helps distinguish ice from snow, water, and clouds. Ice is pale blue (thicker ice is brighter), open water is navy, snow is blue-green, and clouds are white or blue-green (depending on temperature and composition).

KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 22: Anti-government demonstrators remain in Independence square February 22, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. The offices of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych have been left unguarded, with the protesters in full control of the streets surrounding the government district. The opposition have called for elections to take place on May 25 and demanded that President Yanukovych stand down immediately. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A leopard leaps across an under-construction structure near a furniture market in the Degumpur residential area as a bystander moves out of the way in Meerut on February 23, 2014. A leopard sparked panic in a north Indian city when it strayed inside a hospital, a cinema and an apartment block before evading captors, an official said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in front of riot policemen outside the Cuban embassy in Caracas on February 25, 2014. Angry Venezuelan students geared up to stage a fresh rally on Tuesday, the latest in three weeks of anti-government protests that have left at least 14 people dead. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 22: Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko delivers a speech at the Independence Square after her release in the capital in Kiev, Ukraine on February 22, 2014. Tymoshenko, who was in prison since August 2011, was convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment for abusing her powers as prime minister by ordering Ukrainian Naftogaz to sign a gas deal with Russia in 2009. (Photo by Bulent doruk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Adelina Sotnikova during her gold medal performance in the ladies' figure skating free skate at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Competitors enter the water at the start the second annual Sydney Skinny where they take part in an attempt to break the world record for the largest nude ocean swim a record set at last years inaugural event, in Sydney on February 23, 2014. Over 700 people competed last year and the event is used to strike a blow against negative body image pressure and simply to enjoy a brilliant swim. AFP PHOTO/William WEST


As the shortest month of the year draws to a close, take a look back at 28 of the most memorable photos news photographers (and astronauts and others) captured in February. From a blissful photo of a little girl and her mom feeding some hungry birds in Belarus, to an image of an errant snap flying by Peyton Manning's head in the opening moments of Super Bowl XVLIII, to the Olympics, to the largest ocean nude swim in the world -- known as the 'Sydney Skinny.' Photographers around the world shot beautiful, well-timed, outright stunning images. Feast your eyes. Then, share the photos on Facebook and Twitter. And say goodbye to February.
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