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Forest path

View larger. | Photo: T.  Richardsen

View larger. | Photo: T. Richardsen

A misty forest path … Where does it lead? Tommy Richardsen captured this image in Sørkjosen, Troms, Northern Norway.

Super-close views of Mercury

Image via NASA / JHU / APL MESSENGER spacecraft

Close image of Mercury acquired by the MESSENGER spacecraft on June 11, 2014. 69.84 degrees North & 48.47 degrees East. Resolution 2.9 meters. Image via NASA / JHU / APL MESSENGER spacecraft

The image above is one of the highest resolution images ever returned of Mercury. MESSENGER acquired it on June 11, 2014. Last Friday – July 25, 2014 – MESSENGER’s periherm (closest point to Mercury) dropped below 100 kilometers / 62 miles. MESSSENGER is the first manmade object ever to come this close to Mercury.

Perseid meteor shower kicks off! Fireballs detected this weekend

NASA cameras in New Mexico caught this Perseid fireball on July 27, 2014

NASA cameras in New Mexico caught this Perseid fireball on July 27, 2014.

NASA cameras detected some Perseid fireballs, or very bright meteors, this weekend. This favorite among meteor showers is just getting started, with Earth now entering the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The shower typically builds gradually to a peak (this year on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13), and NASA detected at least five Perseid fireballs over the weekend. Learn when to watch … inside.

Orion returns

Here is a sight many skywatchers wait for, patiently, each summertime. It’s the constellation Orion the Hunter, rising out of the dawn. Matthew Chin in Hong Kong caught this photo of the constellations Orion, Auriga and Taurus yesterday (July 26, 2014). Watch for Orion before dawn, and give yourself a seasonal marker you’ll come to love as much as autumn leaves … or the first flowers of spring.

How to see anticrepuscular rays

View larger. | Anticrepuscular rays - seen in the east at sunset - in Nevada.  Shreenivasan Manievannan posted this photo on EarthSky Facebook in July 2014.  Visit Shreeniclix Photography.

Anticrepuscular rays – seen in the east at sunset – in Nevada. Shreenivasan Manievannan posted this photo on EarthSky Facebook in July 2014.

Next time you see crepuscular rays or sunrays extending from the horizon … turn around. You might catch a glimpse of elusive anticrepuscular rays.

Beauty! Best photos of July 24 moon and Venus

July 24 moon and Venus by Brenda Steffes.

July 24, 2014 moon and Venus by Brenda Steffes.

There was a beautiful scene in the eastern sky this morning for all who had clear skies. The waning crescent moon and Venus! These photos are just a sampling of those that came in from our friends at EarthSky Facebook. Thank you to all who posted!

Best photos 2013 Perseid meteor shower

Mike Lewinski said this Perseid fireball was so bright that it illuminated the clouds.  Notice the greenish color.  Mike was at Embudo, New Mexico.  Thanks for posting!

Mike Lewinski said this 2013 Perseid fireball was so bright that it illuminated the clouds. Notice the greenish color. Mike was at Embudo, New Mexico. Thanks for posting!

The Perseid meteor shower builds gradually to a peak over a couple of weeks in late July and early August. This year, 2014, a bright supermoon will interfere on the shower’s peak mornings. So begin watching meteors early this year … now! And enjoy these photos, which are from 2013′s Perseid shower.

Fox takes a nap on Ottawa city bus

An OC Transpo employee made the cute discovery at a bus parking garage on Industrial Avenue in Ottawa's east end on Sunday morning.

Photo via #busfox via the Twitterverse.

This little fox was found sleeping on one of the back seats of an Ottawa city bus Sunday morning. Cute, eh? Apparently, the bus had been parked inside a garage for maintenance, and the fox got inside through an open door. Employees of the bus company couldn’t help but snap a few pics, which have been making a big splash on Twitter this week.

Rising Milky Way, laser light show, Singapore, July 21

The Milky Way, and a laser light show, over Singapore July 21, 2014.  Photo by Justin Ng.  For more about this photo, visit Justin Ng's blog.

The Milky Way, and a laser light show, over Singapore. Photo by Justin Ng.

Justin Ng captured this beautiful scene last night (July 21, 2014) It’s another of his “impossible” shots – that is, photos that inspire more astrophotographers in light-polluted cities to unveil the beauty of the elusive Milky Way galaxy.

At twilight … 15 best photos

Photo: Joe Randall

Photo: Joe Randall

Twilight is the time of day between daylight and darkness, whether after sunset or before sunrise. The sun is below the horizon, but its rays are scattered by Earth’s atmosphere to create twilight’s pinks, purples, and blues.

These photos all came from our Facebook friends. You’ll love them!