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A view of Earth’s city lights as a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every view of Earth’s land surface and islands. (Photo: Barcroft Media/Landov)

From violent protests in Egypt and smugglers tunnels in Gaza to The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy and the “Black Marble” — Earth photographed at night from space, TIME presents the best images of the week. See more on LightBox.

Burnt. From the series SOUP.

Ingredients: plastic debris that includes surface text.

In her photo exhibition Soup, the British photographer Mandy Barker documents plastic debris that’s been salvaged from the sea, transforming marine detritus into the stuff of art. See more here.

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