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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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A NEW WAY TO SEE
A NEW WAY TO SEE: A teacher taught students how to use a Braille typewriter at the Royal Academy for the Blind in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday. The new academy provides services to more than 150 visually impaired students. More than 30 of its 109 employees are blind. (Ali Jarekji/Reuters)

RUSHING IN
RUSHING IN: Support personnel arrived at the landing site of a Soyuz space capsule carrying NASA’s Mike Fossum, Russia’s Sergei Volkov and Japan’s Satoshi Furukawa in a remote area near Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, Tuesday. The three astronauts were returning from the International Space Station. (Bill Ingalls/NASA/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

OUT WITH THE OLD
OUT WITH THE OLD: A worker took down an electoral poster of Socialist prime ministerial candidate Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba in Oviedo, Spain, Tuesday. Mr. Rubalcaba’s ruling party lost Sunday’s general elections to the conservative Popular Party. (Eloy Alonso/Reuters)

SPARE CHANGE
SPARE CHANGE: A beggar sorted through loose change in downtown Budapest Tuesday. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

BACK HOME
BACK HOME: Sgt. Eric Ezzell grabbed his duffel bag as he arrived from Iraq Monday at Schofield Barracks in Wahiawa, Hawaii. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

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Most of us don't get enough sleep. "As the world is getting faster and crazier, I've noticed sleepers around the streets, just everywhere," writes photographer Romain Philippon. "Of course, I also see some poetry and dreamings in all of that, but the contrast is so interesting to me, people trying to escape to their condition…" Philippon is self-publishing a book on the topic called "Inconscience". The first eight photographs in this entry are from that book. Collected here as well are more photographs of people everywhere lucky enough to find a few winks. -- Lane Turner (32 photos total)
Delivery man, in front of a shop, Kolkata, India © Romain Philippon

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Summer weather brings people together outside to enjoy music festivals, county fairs, carnivals and religious observations. I've gathered here some recent images of these celebrations, including a flaming horseman in Kyrgyzstan, Bastille Day in France, a German fun park inside a former nuclear power plant, and much more. [39 photos]

A girl on her father's shoulders looks through a maze of sunflowers growing in a field during a three-day sunflower festival in the town of Nogi, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, on July 24, 2011. A total of some 200,000 sunflowers welcomed guests for the summer festival, an annual draw for the small town. (Kazuhuro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

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JUBILANT JUBILANT: A man hoisted aloft by friends was showered with wine Wednesday at the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain. The annual festival best known for its daily running of the bulls kicked off with the traditional “Chupinazo” rocket launch; it runs until July 14. (Eloy Alonso/Reuters)

DEADLY VIOLENCE DEADLY VIOLENCE: A relative of a victim of political violence mourned over the body in an ambulance at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi Wednesday. Violence blamed on political and ethnic tensions in Pakistan’s biggest city killed at least 24 people overnight, officials said. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

PATIENCE PATIENCE: Four-year-old Bashir Hassan, right, waited with his family Tuesday for a bus that would take them to a processing facility in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. The boy, his brothers and their mother arrived 11 days ago after walking two weeks from their home in Somalia.(Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

STRONG ARMS STRONG ARMS: Fisher Frude hung onto a sheep during the ‘mutton busting’ event at the junior bull-riding competition Tuesday at Laramie Jubilee Days in Laramie, Wyo. (Andy Carpenean/The Laramie Boomerang/AP)

UP IN ARMS UP IN ARMS: Bangladeshi police arrested Jainul Abdin Farroque, the chief parliamentary whip of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, in Dhaka Wednesday during a strike against a constitutional amendment the opposition says will let the government rig elections. Mr. Farroque was hospitalized. (AFP/Getty Images)

BIRTHDAY SPAT BIRTHDAY SPAT: A Tibetan exile tussled with Nepalese police officers as they tried to stop her from entering a birthday celebration for the Dalai Lama in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday. Nepalese authorities were concerned that the spiritual leader’s birthday gathering would turn anti-Chinese. (Binod Joshi/Associated Press)

ON THE TOUR ON THE TOUR: Cyclist Mark Cavendish, center, of Britain made a final sprint against Jose Rojas, left, of Spain and Philippe Gilbert, right, of Belgium in the fifth stage of the Tour de France, between Carhaix and Cap Frehel Wednesday. Mr. Cavendish won the stage. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

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