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See it! Meteors, moon, Venus photos

The Lyrid meteor shower didn’t produced as many meteors as some hoped, but we got a few lovely photos. And the moon and Venus were awesome Sunday morning!

Favorite photos for Earth Day 2017

Here’s a collection of lovely, gorgeous, and wonderful photos from the EarthSky community in celebration of our favorite planet. Thank you all!

Celebrating science, the Earth and the sky

Earth Day and the March for Science, April 22. International Dark Sky Week, April 22-28. Links and resources for all 3, here.

Earth and moon between Saturn’s rings

Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn obtained this new image April 12. The craft was 870 million miles (1.4 billion km) from Earth.

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Cassini’s final encounter with Titan

Cassini’s final closest approach to Saturn’s moon Titan is scheduled for April 21 at 11:08 p.m. PDT (2:08 a.m. EDT or 6:08 UTC on April 22).

Cassini to begin its Grand Finale

The glorious Cassini spacecraft – now nearly out of fuel – will make the 1st in a daring series of dives through the gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26.

Video: Cassini’s final crazy engineering

During Cassini’s close pass of Titan on April 21-22, Titan’s gravity will bend Cassini’s orbit around Saturn, shrinking it slightly, so that instead of passing just outside the rings, the spacecraft will begin its Grand Finale dives just inside the rings. Wow!

Star of the week: Spica

Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, is a whirling double star. How to see it in your sky.

What is a glory?

People traveling in airplanes often see glories. The sun has to be behind your head. You’ll see the plane’s shadow cast on a cloud, surrounded by a halo of light.

Growing crack in Larsen-C ice shelf

The European Space Agency is monitoring the progress of the crack in Antarctica’s Larsen-C ice shelf. The crack is eventually expected to produce a massive iceberg.

Lake Baikal: Earth’s deepest, oldest lake

Controversy surrounds construction of hydropower stations on a river that feeds deep, ancient Lake Baikal.

Photos of close asteroid 2014 JO25

Large asteroid 2014 JO25 safely passed Earth on April 19, 2017 at some 1,098,733 miles (1,768,239 km) or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. Images from the EarthSky community here.

Asteroid 2014 JO25 bigger than expected

It’s coming closer today than any asteroid this large since 2004. It came into view of small telescopes a few hours ago. Early radar observations indicate it’s bigger than we thought.