Pictures from around the world are casting a spotlight on this weekend's supermoon - the biggest, brightest full moon of the year - and now is the perfect time to get in on the action yourself.
The moon is even getting some love from the International Space Station, where NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg tweeted out a picture of moonrise over New Brunswick. In her picture, the lunar disk doesn't seem all that super, because of the comparison with Earth's broad, gently curving horizon.
It's true that this full moon is only about 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than it would be at its dimmest. Nevertheless, Supermoon Weekend is a fine occasion to shower some extra attention on our closest celestial neighbor. There's a super view on Saturday night as well as Sunday night.
Japan will provide a total of 110 billion dollars over the next five years to boost by 30 pct financial assistance for promoting infrastructure development in other Asian countries, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
The Japanese Defense Ministry said Thursday that two Chinese bombers flew over open seas between Okinawa Prefecture's main island and the island of Miyakojima, prompting the Air Self-Defense Force to scramble fighter jets. (Jiji Press)
Pedestrian crosswalk laws are all over the place no matter where you go. What's considered jaywalking varies by country, and in the U.S. each state has its own laws for exactly how far the pedestrian needs to have crossed on the crosswalk before you have to stop. (rocketnews24.com)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of multiple organized crime and motorcycle gang members for participation in a brawl that erupted last year in Kita Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
A Japanese man who says he was deceived into carrying someone else's bag on a flight into Indonesia was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for smuggling methamphetamine into the country with harsh drug laws. (Japan Today)
Five children were injured, three seriously, when a car plowed into a line of primary school students on their way to school in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, at around 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Now that the Hashima coal mine in Nagasaki, also known as Gunkanjima (battleship island, see below) for its resemblance to a large warship, has been recommended for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status as one of the "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution," preservation has become a pressing concern. (The Japan News)