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Stunning photos of the “supermoon”

People around the world last night were witness to the same “supermoon”, the biggest full moon of the year.

The moon was at its biggest at 02:00 BJT in China, drawing many locals from their beds to take creative and stunning photos.

As one of the most anticipated astronomical phenomenons, the mega sized moon only appears when a full moon coincides with its closest approach to the earth. At it’s closest point, the moon is only 356,000 kilometers from the Earth.

The “supermoon” only happens once every 14 months. So if you’ve missed this one you’ll have to wait until September next year.

As the day of the [spinal reconstruction] operation drew closer, it became more and more painful and frightening to contemplate. In spite of efforts to protect me from the truth, I already knew that I had only a fifty-fifty chance of surviving the surgery. I lay on my back, frozen, unable to avoid thinking the darkest thoughts. Then, at an especially bleak moment, the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. He announced that he was my proctologist, and that he had to examine me immediately. My first reaction was that either I was on way too many drugs or I was in fact brain-damaged. But it was Robin Williams. He and his wife, Marsha, had materialized from who knows where. And for the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.

And then we spent time together. He said he would do anything for me. I thought: my God, not only do I have Dana and my kids but I have friends like Robin who truly care. Maybe it can be okay. I mean, life is going to be very different, and it’s going to be an enormous challenge, but I can still laugh, and there’s still some joy.

Christopher Reeve, ‘Still Me’ (via professorspork)
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