Taken from the Hopscotch Bridge in Washington, D.C., a pinkish harvest moon rises over H Street on Sept. 12.

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Harvest Moon

Taken from the Hopscotch Bridge in Washington, D.C., a pinkish harvest moon rises over H Street on Sept. 12. On the nights of Sept. 11-13, people living in the Northern Hemisphere had front-row tickets to see the Harvest Moon — the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

 

The Harvest Moon tends to be bigger, brighter and more colorful than other moon rises throughout the year because it passes through more atmospheric particles the closer it gets to the horizon, compared to when it is higher in the sky.

 

 

Taken from Liberty State Park on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, two blue beams of light — symbolizing the fallen Twin Towers — pierce the clouds in the Manhattan night sky.

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Tenth anniversary of 9/11

Taken from Liberty State Park on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, two blue beams of light — symbolizing the fallen Twin Towers — pierce the clouds in the Manhattan night sky in tribute to those who were killed in the terrorist attacks of 2001.

 

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Doreen Friese looks out of the broken window in her child's bedroom on Sept. 12 following a heavy thunderstorm that wreaked havoc in the town of Coermigk, Germany.

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Taking stock of thunderstorm damages

Doreen Friese looks out of the broken window in her child's bedroom on Sept. 12 following a heavy thunderstorm that wreaked havoc in the town of Coermigk, Germany. The thunderstorm produced hail and mudslides, injuring at least four people and damaging numerous homes in the area.

 

A young boy holds a yellow lantern on Sept. 12 in front of a tree filled with similar lanterns at a lunar harvest celebration called the Mid-Autumn Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Celebrating the changing of seasons in Kuala Lumpur

A young boy holds a yellow lantern on Sept. 12 in front of a tree filled with similar lanterns at a lunar harvest celebration called the Mid-Autumn Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, the festival features matchmaking, dancing, lanterns, and the eating of mooncakes — a pastry of high monetary and cultural value that can often cost up to $50 for a box of four.

 

Two young red pandas named Kit and Kitty — born on July 22 at the Berlin Zoo — are held up by a keeper at a press event on Sept. 13.

Photo: Sebastian Kahnert

Furry red panda balls

Two young red pandas named Kit and Kitty — born on July 22 at the Berlin Zoo — are held up by a keeper at a press event on Sept. 13. Native to southwestern China and the eastern Himalayas, red pandas are considered living fossils; they can be traced back tens of millions of years to the Early Tertiary Period.

 

In this photo taken and posted to Twitter by NASA astronaut Ron Garan aboard the International Space Station, bright green swirls of the aurora borealis are seen from the Earth's orbit above Tasmania.

Photo: Ron Garan/NASA

Aurora australis from space

In this photo taken and posted to Twitter by NASA astronaut Ron Garan aboard the International Space Station, bright green swirls of the aurora australis are seen from the Earth's orbit above Tasmania. Garan, who snapped this photo on Sept. 14, was scheduled to depart the space station on Sept. 15 after spending five and a half months in space.

 

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Tomas Saraceno, an Argentinian artist based in Frankfurt, Germany, poses atop his

Photo: Maurizio Gambarini

Tomas Saraceno's 'Cloud Cities' installation

Tomas Saraceno, an Argentinian artist based in Frankfurt, Germany, poses atop his "Cloud Cities" installation at the Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin on Sept. 14. The installation is made up of 20 transparent balloon globes that can be entered by visitors. The installation will be up until Jan. 15, 2012.
 
In this panoramic photograph, the charred remains of a forest ravaged by wildfires are seen on Sept. 11 along Paleface Ranch Road in Spicewood, Texas.

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Aftermath of the Texas wildfires

In this panoramic photograph, the charred remains of a forest ravaged by wildfires are seen on Sept. 11 along Paleface Ranch Road in Spicewood, Texas. Caused by the worst drought in recorded Texas history, the wildfires have burned more than 3.6 million acres of land, destroying nearly 2,000 homes in the process.

 

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Two bicyclists wearing bright red ponchos pass by a pedestrian with an umbrella on Sept. 10 along on a grey, rainy street in Beijing.

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Braving the rain on foot and bike

Two bicyclists wearing bright red ponchos pass by a pedestrian with an umbrella on Sept. 10 along on a grey, rainy street in Beijing.

 

Children play in a cement waterway filled with rushing monsoon floodwater in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sept. 13.

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Making the most of monsoon season

Children play in a cement waterway filled with rushing monsoon floodwater in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sept. 13. Monsoon season is in full swing in Pakistan, and after a disastrous 2010 season that left 1,400 dead and some 200,000 homeless, the people of Pakistan are bracing for the worst.

 

Children ride bicycles on an old airport runway at former Tempelhof airport in Berlin on Sept. 11.

Photo: Maurizio Gambarini

Berlin's new recycled park

Children ride bicycles on an old airport runway at former Tempelhof airport in Berlin on Sept. 11. Built in the early 1920s in south central Berlin, the aging and obsolete airport was closed in 2008.

 

In an effort to introduce more green space into the city, the space was reopened in May 2010 as a public park called Tempelhofer Freiheit. Because of the large expanses of runway and the ample amount of green space, the park has become a popular venue for recreational activities like biking and skating.