Photos of the Week: Skies Bring Forth Beauty, Danger

By Kristen Rodman, Staff Writer
March 2, 2014; 5:05 AM ET
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It was a week of contrast across the world, as skies held beauty and dumped rain in the United States and Europe, while in China the atmosphere carried potential health hazards.

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In this picture made available Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, polar lights shine in the sky above Guelper Havel river in Guelpe, northwest of Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 2014. These northern lights are caused by a giant cloud of electric particles of a sun storm in the Earth's atmosphere. (AP Photo/dpa, Patrick Pleul)

Vehicles clog a main highway during a sixth straight day of severe pollution in Beijing Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Hazardous white pollution hid much of Beijing's skyline Tuesday, despite announced closures or production cuts at 147 of the city's industrial plants. Chinese characters on board reads: "Smog weather, reduce going outside." (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Track officials and car crew members look over the track during a rain delay in the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Some green peaks out through ice in Stamford, Conn., on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, as an early sign of spring. (Facebook/AccuWeather Fan "Hilkka")

On Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, an ice jam created a wintry scene in western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. (Facebook Photo/Laura Kosht Ice)

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, asperatus clouds hovered over the Atlanta, creating an ominous but bizarrely beautiful sky. (Twitter Photo/@Jeremy11alive).

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