China launches a spacecraft from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest province Sichuan. The experimental spacecraft will fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.
A total lunar eclipse resulted in a blood moon in Hefei, Anhui province, east China. The eclipse was the second of two in 2014 and the second in a tetrad (four total lunar eclipses in series).
The supermoon rises east of the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with its perigee, its closest approach to the Earth. Last night’s was the third of 2014, a frequency unlikely to happen again until 2034
An airplane passes a full moon as it makes its approach to Philadelphia International Airport, in Philadelphia. Monday night’s full moon, also known as a Harvest Moon, will be the third and final “supermoon” of 2014
A total lunar eclipse takes place in the sky over the Mexican city of Guadalajara early on Tuesday. The event was to be visible from North and South America, but sky watchers in northern and eastern Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia were not as lucky, according to US space agency Nasa.
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Steam from the Verso paper mill is backlit by the light of the setting moon in this time-exposure on Friday in Bucksport, Maine. Verso makes coated papers used by publications such as catalogs and magazines.
A radio-controlled Superman plane, flown by designer Otto Dieffenbach, passes the moon during a test flight in San Diego.
An aeroplane flies past the moon near Madrid, Spain, early on Monday. The ‘supermoon’ filled the sky on June 23 and looked 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, which is the closest approach to Earth.