As in the western United States and northern Canada, Russia is ablaze. On July 11, 2012, more than 25,000 hectares (97 square miles) of forests were burning, according to the Russian Federal Forestry Agency. Most of the fires—uncontrolled wildfires in boreal forests—were in central and eastern Siberia.
The moon has been an object of human fascination for as long as people have looked to the sky. Photos by NASA shutterbugs and other astrophotographers highlight the beauty and science of our only natural satellite.