Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The ‘Supermoon’ Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There…

A lucky astronaut has shared on Twitter the incredible photos he has taken of the “supermoon” from the International Space Station outside the Earth’s orbit today. The fascinating “moonset” shows the Moon passing the Earth.

Russian astronaut Oleg Artemyev, who is stationed inside the International Space Station, captured the Moon on the day it becomes full. It has already been seen in the skies over China, Australia and New Zealand.

The “supermoon” is coinciding with this year’s Perseid meteor shower, which is one of the most anticipated events on the skywatchers’ calendar. In a typical year, a dark and clear sky allows us to see more than 100 of the meteors per hour during the second week in August. This year, however, the Perseids have been obscured by a bright rival.

What makes a supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon and the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, which results in it assuming the largest size as seen from Earth. And it is fascinating to watch.

1. The ‘supermoon’ was seen right outside the Earth’s atmosphere.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

2. Russian astronaut Oleg Artemyev captured the photos of the ‘supermoon’.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

3. Artemyev is currently stationed at the International Space Station.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

4. Just a hint of the ‘supermoon’ is seen behind Earth.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

5. The ‘supermoon’ appeared on top of a Bleinheim, New Zealand church on Sunday.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

6. The ‘supermoon’ sits over buildings in Hong Kong on August 10, 2014.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

7. The supermoon is seen over Wanda, Australia on August 10, 2014.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

8. he weathercock of the church of Saints Peter and Paul is pictured in front of the moon in the village of Klein-Auheim near Hanau in Germany.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

9. The debris stream left by comet Swift-Tuttle produces the Perseids.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

10. The moon is seen as it rises over a statue by Harriet A. Ketcham titled ‘Victory’ in the statehouse complex in Des Moines, Iowa.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

11. The moon appears behind a Spanish fighting bull in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. The phenomenon, which scientists call a perigee moon, occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

12. Men play on a climbing structure at Riverview Park in Mesa while the moon rises August 9, 2014, a day before the supermoon is to appear.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

13. Visitors look at an illuminated park from a new viewing platform in the ‘Garden Park’ in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany as a nearly full moon is seen behind.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

14. Sparks from fireworks in front of the moon during the Pyro Games competition in Magdeburg, Germany, where pyrotechnician compete against each other for the best rocket show.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

15. A plane is silhouetted against the moon as it is seen from Kalchreuth, Germany, 08 August 2014.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

16. An LAX bound passenger airplane drops the wheels as it crosses the moon two days before the Full Moon and Super Moon passing over Whittier, California, on its final approach to the Los Angeles Airport, on Friday, August 8, 2014.

Here Is How An Astronaut Saw The 'Supermoon' Today. I Wish I Could See It From Up There...

Source: Sky.

Via The Mail Online.

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