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.
2. Russian astronaut Oleg Artemyev captured the photos of the ‘supermoon’.
3. Artemyev is currently stationed at the International Space Station.
4. Just a hint of the ‘supermoon’ is seen behind Earth.
5. The ‘supermoon’ appeared on top of a Bleinheim, New Zealand church on Sunday.
6. The ‘supermoon’ sits over buildings in Hong Kong on August 10, 2014.
7. The supermoon is seen over Wanda, Australia on August 10, 2014.
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.
9. The debris stream left by comet Swift-Tuttle produces the Perseids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15. A plane is silhouetted against the moon as it is seen from Kalchreuth, Germany, 08 August 2014.
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.
Via The Mail Online.
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