21 Super Amazing Shots From Last Night’s Supermoon

August 11, 2014

Don’t feel too badly if you missed last night’s supermoon, or the so-beautiful-it-seems-fake moment when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth during its orbit around us. In spite of all that divides us, millions of people from Madrid to Rio to Beijing took a minute or so yesterday to engage in a collective ogle at the luminous sphere whose daily spotting is one of the few experiences we all share.

During the supermoon–which by the way isn’t exactly a scientific term–the moon appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is at its farthest distance away from Earth.

Here are 21 of our favorite shots:

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Supermoon Rio

Supermoon revelers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Supermoon Wisconsin Coaster

Roller coaster riders in Wisconsin getting a bird's eye view of the supermoon

Supermoon Greece

The supermoon as seen near Athens

Supermoon Spain

A girl and her dog make lovely silhouettes against the supermoon in Madrid

Supermoon Bangkok

The super moon hangs among the pale pink clouds in Bangkok, Thailand

Supermoon China

The supermoon as seen from Beijing, China

Supermoon Brazil

A sultry supermoon obscured by Brazilian skies

Supermoon Washington

The supermoon illuminates a statue in Washington, DC

Supermoon Empire State

The supermoon is grander than any skyscraper in New York City

Supermoon Hong Kong

Travelers on this Hong Kong bridge get a prime view of the supermoon

Supermoon ISS

And from above: the supermoon as captured by members of the International Space Station

Supermoon Jilin CHina

The serpentine supermoon in Jilin Province, China

Supermoon Macedonia

The supermoon as seen near Macedonia's Vardar River

Supermoon Madrid

The supermoon overshadows Madrid's four towers.

Supermoon Patron Saint Malta

During the Maltese festival honoring its patron saint, not even fireworks can hide the super moon's natural beauty

Supermoon Malta

The supermoon hangs heavy and warm above Mdina, Malta's capital city

Supermoon Moscow Museum

An imposing supermoon seen behind Russia's national symbol, the eagle, in Moscow

Supermoon Moscow

An iconic shot of Rusky red and the supermoon in Moscow, Russia

Supermoon Brazil

The supermoon glides above Brazil's Ouro Preto

Supermoon Sydney

The supermoon contrasts with the modern contours of the Sydney Opera House in Australia

Supermoon Tower Bridge

The supermoon adorns London's Tower Bridge

Thanks to The Telegraph and Russia Today for the images.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXXVII

August 8, 2014
Small Man Nature Trees

Source: 500PX

Scenic Self-Portraits To Make You Feel Wonderfully Small

Small Man Nature Canyon

Source: 500PX

It’s easy to misunderstand our size and importance in the scope of the universe. Current natural events suggest that yes, people do have a knack for altering–and perhaps irrevocably so–our climate and ecosystems. And when you look at just how vast these systems and landforms are compared to our puny stature, it’s pretty mystifying that we can. The photos at 500PX highlight that stark contrast, and we encourage you to check it out.

Small Man Nature Desert

Source: 500PX

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The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Winners

August 7, 2014
Byron Inggs Traveler Photo Contest

Photo by Byron Inggs. Source: NY Daily News

National Geographic Traveler magazine is every jet setter’s dream. Chock full of travel tips, guides to exotic locales and full-page color spreads of some of the most beautiful sights imaginable, the magazine could make even the most stationary homebody beg for adventure. So it’s no surprise each year when thousands of photographers worldwide provide images for the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

The rules are simple: photographers submit a recent digital picture for one of four categories that include travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place or spontaneous moments. The judges then evaluate submissions, and winners are announced relatively soon after.

2014 Travelers Contest Winners

Photo by Agnieszka Traczewska. Source: IB Times

National Geographic 2014 Traveler Photo Contest Awards

Photo by Marko Korosec. Source: NY Daily News

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No, You’re Not On Drugs: Colombia’s River Of Five Colors Is Real

August 6, 2014
River Of Five Colors Reflecting Pool

Source: Distractify

Deep in the isolated mountain range of Serranía de la Macarena, Colombia is the river Caño Cristales. For nearly half the year, there is nothing remarkable at all about this particular river, but from July through November a phenomena occurs that would leave one to believe that Mother Nature has hand painted this pristine locale.

River Of Five Colors Red Falls

Source: Sights World

Purple Waves

Source: Second Globe

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The Lifecycle Of A Queen (Bumble) Bee

August 5, 2014

First off, we’re talking about this kind of Queen Bee:

Bumblebee Facts Queen Bee

Source: APISUCS

Not this kind:

Bumblebee Facts Regina George

Source: Glamour

But when you get right down to it, they’re pretty similar. Both have striking features, they’re known to fight lesser creatures who threaten their social status, and they’re both bad bitches. Nobody ever said life on top was easy.

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5 Animals With Superpowers Way Cooler Than X-Men

August 3, 2014
Animals With Superpowers

Source: Dive

The natural world is capable of producing some really weird (and powerful) creatures. It’s no wonder that so many of our fictional superheroes are based on animals. A lot of them possess powers that would make even the most daring of us think twice before taking them on.

Mantis Shrimp

Animals With Superpowers Mantis

The peacock mantis shrimp is both beautiful and deadly Source: Dive

Don’t be fooled by this little guy’s diminutive size or colorful appearance – he packs quite a punch. In fact, the mantis shrimp has, pound for pound, one of the most powerful (and fastest) punches in the animal world. The various species of mantis shrimp are usually categorized based on how they hunt. Spearers have sharp claws with barbed tips which are usually used to stab prey. Smashers have club-like front claws and mostly rely on brute strength.

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