2015: The Year in Photos, January-April

As the year comes to a close, it's time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2015. Among the events covered in this essay (the first of a three-part photo summary of the year):  Conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels, the beginning of the new Star Wars hype, the growth of solar power as an energy source, the start of the year’s enormous migrant crisis, a sunset on Mars, and much more. See also, the Top 25 News Photos of 2015, and the Year in Photos, Part 2, and Part 3. The series comprises 120 images in all. Warning, some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content.

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