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How Earth looks from outer space

If you were looking with the eye alone, how far away in space would our planet Earth still be visible?


Photos and video of Venus and Jupiter!

August 27, 2016 was the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. Sky’s 2 brightest planets. Closest conjunction of any 2 planets in 2016.

Mars, Saturn and Antares on August 24, 2016 by Mohamed Laaifat Photographies in Normandy, France.

Mars and Saturn put on a show

See Mars, Saturn and the star Antares in a line on our sky’s dome. Photos here from the EarthSky community. Thanks to all who posted!

Hoax image via social media.

No double moon in 2016, or ever

We thought we might get through this summer without the dumb hoax about Mars as big as a full moon rearing its head. But, no.

Image via GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Best places to watch 2017 eclipse

Where’s the best place to see the August 21, 2017 eclipse? Here are 10 great viewing spots to gaze upon nature‚Äôs grandest spectacle, weather permitting.


Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2016

The next eclipse is an annular solar eclipse on September 1, 2016.

Total solar eclipse via Fred Espenak

How many eclipses in 1 calendar year?

Every calendar year has at least 4, but 5, 6 or even 7 eclipses are also possible. Why don’t we see them all?

Photo by Jack Fusco

Perseid meteors: All you need to know

Perseid meteor shower peak was predicted for the morning of August 12. If you missed it, watch for meteors in a country sky between midnight and dawn Saturday morning.

Taken during the 2015 Perseid meteor shower in August - at Mount Rainier National Park - by Matt Dieterich.  He calls the photo 'Skyfall.'

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2016

The Perseid meteor shower probably peaked on the night of August 11-12. Look for meteors tonight, too, and especially in the hours before dawn on August 13.

Photo taken August 4, 2016 by Yuri Beletsky in Chile's Atacama Desert.

Venus, Mercury and the moon!

Two photos of this week’s planet and moon spectacular, from a master sky photographer, from one of Earth’s most pristine skies.