Around the world, people are using light to paint, perform, honor, work, and play. In villages and cities alike, lanterns and candles are used to celebrate and commemorate events. In Berlin, famous landmarks are currently being illuminated for the annual Festival of Lights. In Florida, a private spacecraft climbed into orbit atop a pillar of fire, and around the globe, dozens of buildings were bathed in pink for breast cancer awareness month. Gathered here is a handful of recent images of humans pushing back the dark and lighting up the night.
An artist takes part in Luxlumina light performance during the first annual festival of visual theatre on a street in downtown Sofia, Bulgaria, on September 22, 2012.
The Berliner Dom cathedral and the television tower are illuminated during the opening day of the Festival of Lights in Berlin, on October 10, 2012. 68 landmarks of the German capital, including boulevards, squares, towers, historical and modern buildings, are illuminated during the festival that runs until October 21.
People watch a tall ship on the Neva River in St. Petersburg, during the "Scarlet Sails," a romantic holiday with a light show to honor high schools graduates, on June 24, 2012. "Scarlet Sails" is the title of a story by Alexander Grin, the story of a young girl, who never gave up on her dreams and they finally arrived on the tall ship with the scarlet sails.
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Runners and walkers wearing light emitting suits and holding light sticks make their way up Arthur's Seat as part of a dress rehearsal of a mass participation public art piece called "Speed of Light" on August 8, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The piece which forms part of the annual Edinburgh Festival is set to illuminate the iconic natural monument as hundreds of people make their way up and around, creating streaks of light as they go.
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Runners and walkers wearing light emitting suits climb up Arthur's Seat as part of a dress rehearsal of "Speed of Light" in Edinburgh, Scotland, on August 8, 2012. Each of the walkers' glowing sticks is also set to provide a musical accompaniment as their movement triggers the sticks to create different sounds.
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The moon appears behind illuminated decorations at Victoria Park to celebrate the Chie Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong, on September 27, 2012.
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Tourists take pictures in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue lit up in the colors of Germany's national flag in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 3, 2012. The lit statue celebrates the anniversary of the reunification of Germany, which was officially reunited on October 3, 1990.
Trees lit by colored lights are reflected in Loch Dunmore in Faskally Wood, in Pitlochry, Scotland, on October 4, 2012. The lighting was set up for an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Enchanted Forest, a sound and light show in the Faskally Wood that runs from October 5 to 27.
Paper lanterns float on the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome (center) in Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 2012. Tens of thousands of people marked the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, as a rising tide of anti-nuclear sentiment swells in post-Fukushima Japan.
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Actors perform a theatrical re-enactment of the Red Army and the beginning of the Long March in Jinggangshan, Jiangxi province, China, on September 20, 2012. Jinggangshan is where former Chinese leader Mao Zedong's career as a revolutionary began to take off. In 1927, Mao and several communist leaders fled with a few thousands to the hills of Jinggangshan, hounded and outnumbered by Nationalist forces.