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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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Around the globe people celebrated with fireworks, kisses, toasts, cheers, and plunges into icy bodies of water to welcome the new year. Here's a look at how some of them marked the transition. -- Lloyd Young ( 39 photos total)
A woman celebrates the new year as she watches fireworks exploding above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 1. More than two million people gathered along Rio's most famous beach to witness the 20-minute display and celebrate the beginning of a new year. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

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The second collection of images from 2012 once again brought us nature at its full force and beauty along with news and daily life coming from countries like Russia, Syria, Egypt, England, India and Italy. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the second 4 months of 2012. Please see part 1 from Monday and here's part 3. -- Lloyd Young ( 47 photos total)
Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks the high wire from the United States side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on June 15. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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One of the most indelible memories in the collective psyche of Americans - and the world - comes from the images of the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks on the United States, September 11, 2001. Yesterday, Americans and the world collectively remembered those who lost their lives in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania ten years after that unforgettable day. This post (edited by Leanne Burden) shows the transformation, of what became known as Ground Zero, over the last ten years. A memorial rises from the ashes of that day on September 11, 2011. -- Paula Nelson (41 photos total)
Photos by Space Imaging’s IKONOS satellite showing the World Trade Center complex in Manhattan, New York, collected on June 30, 2001 showing the 110-stories twin towers; on September 15, 2001 showing the remains of the 1,350-foot (411.48-meter) twin towers of the World Trade Center, and the debris and dust that have settled in Ground Zero, four days after the terrorist attacks; and June 8, 2002, showing the progress in the reclamation of Ground Zero where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood. AFP/Space Imaging

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10 years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists seized control of four airplanes and crashed them all, bringing down the World Trade Center towers and ripping a hole in the Pentagon.

Throughout this anniversary day, the editors at Photo Journal will be live blogging the memorial ceremonies and worldwide reactions through a curated series of photographs. The images are posted as they become available and do not necessarily represent the time they were taken. The historical photos you see are juxtaposed with images from today.

If you would like to send your own photos to us for possible inclusion in the blog, please email them to yourphotos@wsj.com.

8:45 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

The Tribute in Lights is illuminated on the skyline of Lower Manhattan on the evening marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2011. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)

5:29 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

A New York City fireman returns to quarters in a firehouse at 48th Street and 8th Avenue after a 10th anniversary ceremony commemorating the 15 members of the New York City Fire Department, Ladder 4, Engine Company 54 who perished in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. (Peter Foley/European Pressphoto Agency)

5:25 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

Lifeguard Randy Dodd, right, and a fellow lifeguard attach a memorial  wreath to Dodd's surfboard during a memorial service on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at Long Beach, Long Island, Sunday, September 11, 2011. Dodd and about 300 surfers took the wreath out to sea where they held a brief ceremony, forming a circle and joining hands, and placed the wreath in the water. Each surfer had an armband with the name of a Sept. 11 first responder from Long Island. A memorial mass was also held on the beach. The event was organized by The O'Keefe Foundation, named after Patrick O'Keefe, a firefighter who died in the attacks on Sept. 11. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)

4:28 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

A man wearing a fireman's hat stands while an American flag covers the field during a ceremony before a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. (Larry W. Smith/European Pressphoto Agency)

 

3:12 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

Family members visit the Pentagon Memorial in Washington D.C. before ceremonies begin for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

3:04 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

A U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant who asked that his name not be used, kneels near his father's name after a remembrance ceremony at the Garden of Reflection Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in Yardley, Pa. The memorial honors people from Pennsylvania that lost their lives in the attacks Sept. 11, 2001. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

1:49 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

Marie Lucania, center right, clutches the hand of her granddaughter Julianna Santella, 9, during a memorial service on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks held at Lido Beach on Long Island, Sunday, September 11, 2011. Ms. Lucania lost her son, Charles Lucania, an electrician who worked at the towers. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)

12:32 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

Mahmoud Doust and Julieth Munoz sit on a bench at a sunrise ceremony in Battery Park. They traveled to New York from Washington D.C. to be here for the 10th Anniversary of terror attacks on the World Trade Center. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

12:19 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

A rider from the Ride 2 Recovery 9/11 Challenge walks through the Empty Sky memorial in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. on Sunday. (Joe Epstein/Associated Press)

11:50 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

100 dancers gathered around the Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

11:31 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Police officers from the United Kingdom march across the Brooklyn Bridge on the morning of the 10 year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

11:26 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: A family member touches the names of loved ones at the north pool of the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center. (David Handschuh/Press Pool)

Bottom: People run from the collapsed World Trade Center towers. (Suzanne Plunkett/Associated Press)

11:10 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: A woman mourns at the Flight 93 National Memorial on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, on September 11, 2011 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Kevin Dietsch/United Press International)

Bottom: Officials examine the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. (Scott Spangler, Tribune Review/Associated Press)

10:20 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: Former first lady Laura Bush, from left, former President George W. Bush, first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama hold hands to their hearts during the national anthem before a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks in New York. (Jason DeCrow/Associated Press)

Bottom: The South Tower, left, begins to collapse. (Gulnara Samoilova/Associated Press)

9:52 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: Soldiers from Task Force 3-66 Bravo Company of the 172 Infantry Brigade bow their heads during a prayer to remember the victims of 9/11 before a ceremony at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Kuschamond in Afghanistan. (Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Bottom: A video still from a surveillance camera shows the impact after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

9:27 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: The 9/11 memorial ceremony is set to begin in New York. (Mladen Antonov/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Bottom: United Airlines Flight 175 strikes the South Tower of the World Trade Center. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

9:04 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: Frederick Meeks holds American flags in his hands as he stands at the World Trade Center site. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

Bottom: Two men, identified by authorities as suspected hijackers Abdulaziz Alomari, left, and Mohamed Atta, right, pass through security at Portland International Jetport, Sept. 11, 2001, before flying to Boston where they boarded American Airlines Flight 11 that struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. (Portland Police Department/Associated Press)

8:46 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza, pauses at his son's name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial on September 11, 2011, in New York. (Justin Lane/Press Pool)

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Today marks the end of an era. Three decades of missions came to a close this morning as the Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down in Florida after a 13-day trip to the International Space Station. All told, the 135 space shuttle missions have racked up more than 542 million miles in low earth orbit. Commander Chris Ferguson piloted the Atlantis to a safe landing at 5:52 a.m., and the spacecraft will soon undergo processing and decommissioning. It has been an emotional experience for residents and workers along Florida's Space Coast -- some 9,000 shuttle engineers, technicians, and other staff are being laid off, and the main tourism draw for the area has come to an end. Shown here, for one last time, is a look at a full shuttle mission, STS-135, the final flight of Atlantis. Also, be sure to see The History of the Space Shuttle, an earlier entry on In Focus. [39 photos]

A view of the space shuttle Atlantis and its payload on July 10, 2011, seen from the International Space Station. At the rear of the cargo bay is the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, packed with supplies and spare parts for the ISS. (NASA)

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By now you have all woken up Monday morning having dealt with the news on Sunday that our colleague and friend Shaun Best has passed away.

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