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Photographers around the world looked up to the sky this past weekend to capture the "supermoon." This is the phenomenon when the moon makes its closest approach to Earth, appearing 30 percent brighter and about 14 percent larger than a typical full moon. It occurs about once every 14 months and is technically called a perigee full moon. At 221,823 miles from Earth, the supermoon was a feast for the eyes.-Leanne Burden Seidel (24 photos total)
A cotton candy vendor walks in from of the moon during the Los Angeles Angels' baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, June 22 in Anaheim, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)    

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This was a weekend of the Sun and Moon -- a coincidence of the summer solstice and the "Supermoon". Friday was the summer solstice (in the northern hemisphere), welcomed by humans for thousands of years as the longest day of the year. In ancient times, people celebrated this day as the center point of summer. Some still observe the solstice with ceremonies and prayers, gathering on mountaintops or at spiritual landmarks. Over the weekend, skywatchers around the world were also treated to views of the so-called Supermoon, the largest full moon of the year. On Sunday, the moon approached within 357,000 km (222,000 mi) of Earth, in what is called a perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system (perigee: closest point of an elliptical orbit; syzygy: straight line made of three bodies in a gravitational system). Photographers across the globe set out to capture both events, and collected here are 24 images of our two most-visible celestial neighbors. [24 photos]

The largest full moon of 2013, a "supermoon" scientifically known as a "perigee moon", rises over the Tien Shan mountains and the monument to 18th century military commander Nauryzbai Batyr near the town of Kaskelen, some 23 km (14 mi) west of Almaty, Kazakhstan, on June 23, 2013. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)     

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While sifting through thousands of news photos in the past week, TIME’s photo editors noticed a theme: umbrellas. From Mumbai to Manila, shots of people seeking cover from wet and windy weather seemed to be everywhere. And where the sun was out, umbrellas were there too to provide shade and shelter during the summer solstice on June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere. Here TIME presents a selection of recent images from the past few days.

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Yesterday was the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day of the year when the sun was at its highest point in the sky. People around the world are welcoming the start of the new season by enjoying (or avoiding) the hot weather. In southern England, where yesterday brought heavy rains, pagans gathered at Stonehenge and reveled in spite of the downpour. Collected here are a handful of images of the beginning of Summer, 2012. [31 photos]

A Bengal tiger, sprayed with water by a zookeeper on a hot summer day at the Birsa Munda Zoological Park in Ranchi, India, on May 30, 2012. Zoo authorities are helping the animals cope with temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius (104F) by providing coolers, special roofs and regular hose-downs. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. Oct. 28, 2011 marks the 125th anniversary of the dedication. Take a look back at the history of the statue and all “the lady” has seen in her 125 years.

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The 25th Burning Man festival, with a theme of "Rites of Passage," took place Aug. 29 to Sept. 5, 2011, 120 miles outside Reno, Nev., in the Black Rock Desert, its home since 1990. Some 50,000 people attended the week-long celebration, which is billed as "an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance." The event, which is more a temporary city than a traditional festival, arose from a bonfire held on the Summer Solstice at Baker Beach in San Francisco in which a wooden man a dog were burned in a spontaneous act of self-expression by local artists and their friends. -- Lloyd Young (29 photos total)
Cooper Brawn dances as the Temple of Transition burns during the Burning Man 2011 "Rites of Passage" arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nev., Sept. 4. More than 50,000 people from all over the world have gathered at the sold out festival which is celebrating its 25th year. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

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Students from Bellport High School, many wearing their graduation caps and gowns, embraced Friday outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Patchogue, N.Y., where a funeral was held for 17-year-old Jennifer Mejia, one of four people killed in a Medford robbery Sunday. (Kevin P. Coughlin for The Wall Street Journal)


Dozens of brass players positioned themselves around the lake in Central Park Tuesday, playing an original composition called to an audience in rowboats as part of a daylong event called Make Music NY, which consisted of more than a thousand free concerts across New York City over the course of the day. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Antonio Munoz, center, rounds a corner during the Skyscraper Classic cycling race in Harlem on Sunday. Leif Lampater of Germany claimed the overall men’s professional title. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Bernice Acosta was among the thousands who celebrated the summer solstice by performing yoga in Times Square on Tuesday. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Artist Akihiro Ito helps install his sculpture titled ‘Forever,’ on Tuesday in Riverside Park on the Hudson River near 60th Street. Other works by members of the Art Students League also will be installed along the riverfront for a year. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Chinese artist Liu Bolin was painted for an art project at the Charging Bull in lower Manhattan Thursday. Mr. Bolin is creating a series called ‘Hiding In The City’ in which he camouflages himself against an urban background for a self-portrait.  (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


Ibtihaj Muhammad practiced her thrusts Thursday in Maplewood, NJ. Ms. Muhammad, 25, is the 11th ranked female saber fencer in the world and the 2nd ranked US Women’s saber fencer.  (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Braised rutabaga with plum, fennel, pistachio and goat cheese at Gotham Bar & Grill. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Andrej Ruff proposed to Natalia Giesbrecht, his girlfriend of 12 years, in a row boat on Central Park on Tuesday. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Actor Todd Lawson on the cot babckstage at the Acorn Theatre on 42nd Street. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


A fan is carried by a New York City police officer to an ambulance after falling ill at a promotional appearance by Justin Bieber at Macy’s in New York Thursday. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


James ‘Whitey’ Bulger peered down from a digital billboard above Times Square on Monday. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Kyrie Irving, who many sports analysts expect to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, attended a clinic for athletes with mental disabilities with Brandon Knight, left, and Kemba Walker, right, at New York City’s John Jay College Wednesday. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns shows off his soccer skills during a charity match Wednesday on the Lower East Side. Several NBA and soccer stars participated in the annual event. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Robin Mazzanewitter and her father, Paul Mazza, played gongs in Columbus Circle as part of the Make Music NY festival. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

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Yesterday was the summer solstice (in the northern hemisphere), known to humans for thousands of years as the longest day of the year. In ancient times, people celebrated this day as the center point of summer. Some still observe the solstice with ceremonies and prayers, gathering on mountaintops or at spiritual landmarks. Others greet the day with parades, or by simply going outdoors and soaking in the sunshine. Collected here are images of people observing yesterday's solstice in the northern hemisphere -- and in the southern hemisphere, where it marked the darkest day of winter. [26 photos]

A couple celebrates summer solstice at the Kokino megalithic observatory, on June 21, 2011. The 3,800-year-old observatory was discovered in 2001 in the northwestern town of Kumanovo, 70 km (43 miles) north from Skopje, and is ranked the fourth oldest observatory in the world, according to NASA. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)

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