Venus and Jupiter are spectacular in the western twilight sky, as viewed from around the world. They are the sky’s two brightest starlike objects, and have been drawing closer together throughout June. On the nights of June 30 and July 1, you can witness the closest Venus-Jupiter conjunction until August 27, 2016.
Hope Carter in Martin, Michigan caught this shot around 5 a.m. on June 24, 2015.
This beautiful stellar jewel-box – a tightly packed cluster of stars – is one of the few places in our galaxy where astronomers think stars can actually collide.
Anne Greschuk submitted this photo to EarthSky. She wrote:
We were driving in a relatively remote area in Iceland and I noticed this rather unusual cloud formation. So I absolutely had to photograph it. Is it a particular type of cloud or just a very unusual formation? This cloud stayed like this for a few minutes and then gradually dissipated.
Kjell Rune Venaas sends photos. Icebergs, snow and ice, penguins and whales …
Here is a new image of lonely galaxy NGC 6503, located some 18 million light-years from our Milky Way, in the direction of what we see as the constellation of Draco the Dragon. It is one of our Milky Way’s closest neighbors, and belongs to our Local Group of galaxies. Yet you might consider it “lonely” because it resides on the edge of a patch of space – some 150 million light-years across – that seems to be curiously devoid of galaxies.
John Ashley in Montana submitted this photo to EarthSky this week. He captured it on June 5. He wrote:
A juvenile great-horned owl eclipses the 91% moon rise on her first night out in the big, wide world after fledging from her nest in the afternoon.
Here in Mutare, Zimbabwe, we are still being treated to spectacular volcanic sunsets caused by patches of aerosols from the April 22, 2015 eruption of Calbuco Volcano lingering in the stratosphere.
Thank you all for these beautiful images, in celebration of World Ocean Day 2015! See them all!
Energetic radiation from a hot, young central star ionizes a shell of gas, causing it to glow and creating this bubble in space.