Cosmonaut snaps super moon from orbit
Monday, August 11, 2014, 2:55 PM -
Shutterbugs were out in force over the weekend, snapping the super-bright super moon.
And probably without specifically meaning to, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev has outdone every single one of them.
He's not remotely the first astronaut to have a Twitter feed and know how to use it, but he's still a pro, as proved by his four shots of the moon as it began to set over Earth.
We'd say that's the ultimate vantage point for a super moon. We've gathered all of those shots for your viewing pleasure below (all courtesy Oleg Artemyev and Roscosmos).
Known officially as a "perigee moon," this super moon is the brightest one so far this year, with our lunar satellite appearing 14 per cent closer and 30 per cent brighter than normal.
Trouble is, that's a problem this week, because this is when the Perseid meteor shower is supposed to peak.
It's one of the most popular showers among star gazers, since it can feature up to 100 fireballs a minute at its peak, which begins August 12. But in parts of the world where the moon coincides with the shower, it'll be harder to see the meteors.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Watch the science cast below for a detailed description of both the super moon AND the Perseids.