A YAL-1A Airborne Laser in flight with the mirror unstowed. The shoot, which was done by the Missile Defense Agency, is now a featured picture.
A Black-crowned Night Heron fishing in a river.
A Black-backed jackal feeding on a springbok carcass at the Etosha National Park.
A Yellow Bellied Marmot on a rock in the Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite National Park.
Eleven articles gained featured status this week:
Henry I of England (nom) by Hchc2009. Henry I (1068 –1135) was the fourth son of William the Conqueror and served as the King of England from 1100 to 1135. Considered by contemporaries to be a harsh but effective ruler, Henry skilfully manipulated the barons in both England and Normandy, supported the Cluniac order, and played a major role in the selection of the senior clergy in those territories.
James Moore (Continental Army officer) (nom) by Cdtew. Moore (c. 1737 – c. April 15, 1777) was a Continental Army general during the American Revolutionary War. Moore served in the colonial militia during the French and Indian War, and commanded the colonial governor's artillery at the Battle of Alamance, which ended the War of the Regulation.
McDonnell Douglas A-4G Skyhawk (nom) by Nick-D. The McDonnell Douglas A-4G Skyhawk was a variant of the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk attack aircraft developed for the Royal Australian Navy. It was based on the A-4F variant of the Skyhawk, and was fitted with slightly different avionics. The Skyhawks were not used in combat, and the planned deployment of some of their pilots to fight in the Vietnam War was cancelled before it took place.
Tern (nom) by Jimfbleak. Previously considered a subfamily of the gulls, the terns are seabirds spread across the globe, and which are normally found near the sea, rivers or wetlands. Terns are long-lived birds and are relatively free from natural predators and parasites, but most species are declining in numbers due directly or indirectly to human activities, including habitat loss, pollution, disturbance and predation by introduced mammals.
Red Rail (nom) by FunkMonk. The Red Rail (Aphanapteryx bonasia) is an extinct, flightless rail endemic to the Mascarene island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Reminiscent of a Kiwi and a Limpkin, the Red Rail is thought to have gone extinct around 1700, due to predation by humans and introduced species.
SheiKra (nom) by Dom497. SheiKra is a steel Dive Coaster roller coaster at the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard. It was the first Dive Coaster to be constructed in North America, and includes a splashdown and an Immelmann loop.
Kahaani (nom) by Msrag and Dwaipayan, Pleasant1623 and Karthikndr. Kahaani is a 2012 Indian thriller film directed and co-produced by Sujoy Ghosh. The film was conceived and developed by Ghosh, and explores themes of feminism and motherhood in male-dominated Indian society. It received three National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards.
Pigeye shark (nom) by Yzx. The pigeye shark or Java shark is an uncommon species of requiem shark mostly found in the warm coastal waters of the eastern Atlantic and western Indo-Pacific. It is an apex predator that mostly hunts low in the water column, and enjoys a varied diet, consisting mainly of bony and cartilaginous fishes.
Tommy Amaker (nom) by TonyTheTiger. Amaker is an American NCAA Division I college basketball coach and the current head coach of the Harvard University men's basketball team. Amaker was the first coach to lead the Crimson to victory over a ranked opponent with the 2008–09 team.
Conte di Cavour-class battleship (nom) by Sturmvogel 66. The Conte di Cavour-class battleships were a group of three dreadnoughts built for the Royal Italian Navy in the 1910s. One of the ships was sunk by a magazine explosion in 1916, and the surviving two were extensively reconstructed between 1933 and 1937, to participate in the Battle of Calabria in July 1940.
God of War: Betrayal (nom) by JDC808. God of War: Betrayal is a side-scrolling action-adventure mobile game part of the God of War video game series. Developed by Javaground, Betrayal is the only installment in the series to be released on a non-PlayStation platform. The game was praised for its fidelity to the series in terms of gameplay, art style, and graphics.
The Royal Prison and the St. Sophie Church, Altstadt, Dresden, Saxony, Germany, seen in a c. 1895 photochrom.
"The High Rollers Extravaganza Co.: The Great Chariot Race in Bend Her" poster for an American burlesque from 1900.
Half Dome as viewed from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California, United States.
Twelve lists gained featured states this week:
List of Lincoln City F.C. players (nom) by Struway2. English association football club Lincoln City, founded in 1884, has seen more than 50 of its players appear in 100 or more matches across the last century. First entering the FA Cup in the 1884–85 season, the club became founder members of the Midland League, and won the inaugural league title.
Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album (nom) by Jaespinoza. The Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album is presented by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences at the annual Latin Grammy Awards. The award recognizes new material recorded in Spanish or Portuguese, and has been presented to musicians or ensembles originating from Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, United States, and Spain.
List of works by Sharpe and Paley (nom) by Peter I. Vardy. Sharpe and Paley was a partnership of two architects between 1845 and 1856. It became the largest practice in northwest England by the late 19th century and was responsible for the design of many important buildings, especially churches. The partnership also handled restorations, doing alterations to mediaeval churches in an effort to return their structure to their original designs.
List of songs recorded by Kelly Clarkson (nom) by Chihciboy. American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson has recorded a wide variety of songs since the beginning of her career in 2005, after winning the American Idol singing contest. Most of her recorded material has appeared on the five studio albums she has released to date; although she has collaborated with other recording artists for duets and songs on their respective albums.
Citra Award for Best Leading Actor (nom) by Crisco 1492. The Citra Award for Best Leading Actor is an award given at the Indonesian Film Festival to Indonesian actors for their performance in lead roles. Described as the equivalent to the Oscars, the award was first presented in 1955 to A. Hadi and A.N. Alcaff, for their performance in Tarmina and Lewat Djam Malam, respectively. 61 actors have been nominated, and 26 have won the award.
List of Mystery Dungeon video games (nom) by PresN. Mystery Dungeon is a series of roguelike video games mostly developed by Chunsoft, along with several secondary studios under permission. Starting in 1993 with Torneko no Daibōken: Fushigi no Dungeon, the series has 27 total entries as of 2010, spanning several generations of consoles.
List of songs written by Emeli Sandé (nom) by Calvin999. Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé has recorded a wide variety of songs since the beginning of her career in 2009; Most of her recorded songs appear on her debut set Our Version of Events, released in 2012. Sandé has also worked with a wide list of singers on songs that have been included on their albums.
Terry-Thomas on screen, radio, stage and record (nom) by SchroCat with Cassianto. British actor and comedian Terry-Thomas’s career spanned from 1933 until his retirement in the late 1970s, and included film, radio and theatre. He made his film debut as an extra in the 1933 film The Private Life of Henry VIII. His first television appearance came in 1949 in Technical Hitch, which opened the door for his first success, How Do You View?. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1971, which finally ended his career a decade later.
Tip O'Neill Award (nom) by Muboshgu with Bloom6132. The Tip O'Neill Award is an award given annually to Canadian baseball players for their achievements and teamwork. The prize was created by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and first presented in 1984. It was named after James "Tip" O'Neill, one of the earliest Canadian stars in Major League Baseball.
Eleven pictures gained featured status this week:
An Armenian woman standing in the middle of the forest. This picture, originally taken by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, is now a featured picture.
The Common Raven, a large, all-black passerine bird found across Earth's northern hemisphere.
Common Raven (nom) created and nominated by Diliff. The Common Raven, also known as the Northern Raven, is a large, all-black passerine bird. Found across the northern hemisphere, it is the most widely distributed of all corvids. The Common Raven has coexisted with humans for thousands of years.
Yellow-bellied marmot (nom) created and nominated by Diliff. The yellow-bellied marmot, also known as the rock chuck, is a ground squirrel in the marmot genus. The species lives in the western United States and southwestern Canada, including the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada.
Half Dome (nom) created and nominated by Diliff. Half Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, located in northeastern Mariposa County, California, at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley — possibly Yosemite's most familiar rock formation.
Black-backed jackal (nom) created by Yathin sk and nominated by Tomer T. The black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas), also known as the silver-backed or red jackal, is a species of jackal which inhabits two areas of the African continent separated by roughly 900 kilometres (560 mi). Although the most lightly built of jackals, it is the most aggressive, having been observed to singly kill animals many times its own size.
Boeing YAL-1 (nom) created by Missile Defence Agency and nominated by Cowtowner. The Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser Testbed weapons system is a megawatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser mounted inside a modified Boeing 747-400F. It is primarily designed as a missile defense system to destroy tactical ballistic missiles. The aircraft was designated YAL-1A in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Armenian woman (nom) created by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky and nominated by Proudbolsahye. An Armenian woman from Artvin in national costume, photographed by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky between 1909 and 1912. Women in Armenia are normally expected to be virtuous and submissive, safeguarding their virginity until marriage.
Black-crowned Night Heron (nom) created by Acarpentier and nominated by Nikhilb239. The Black-crowned Night Heron, commonly abbreviated to just Night Heron in Eurasia, is a medium-sized heron found throughout a large part of the world, except in the coldest regions and Australasia. These birds stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night or early morning.
The High Rollers Extravaganza Co. (nom) created by The Courier Company, Buffalo, N.Y. and nominated by Adam Cuerden. A poster of an American burlesque desings, circa 1900. It depicts Bend Her, a burlesque of the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace.
Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (nom) created by Rowan Farrell and nominated by Surtsicna. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the deputy ruler of Dubai, and the Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated. He is the third son of Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Sophienkirche (nom) created by Detroit Publishing Co. and nominated by Adam Cuerden. The Sophienkirche was a church in Dresden that stood on the northeast corner of the Postplatz, in Dresden's old town, before its destruction in 1962 on resolution of the party and government of the GDR. It was the only Gothic Church in the city.
Map Projections Set created by Strebe and nominated by Cowtowner. A list of map projections of the Earth, showcasing the types of map projections that currently exist, and that display the relevant features we would expect of maps--longitude, latitude, tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the equator.