Wow! A fearsome ice king! Outer lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan on Friday night.
About 80 percent of people in the United States live in urban areas. In these areas, the glow of artificial light sources blot out the night sky. The annual Leonid meteor shower will reach its peak early Tuesday morning. Will you see any meteors? Conditions are optimum this year. The sky is cooperating! But, as much fun as it is to see a meteor zing by in your suburban backyard – or even from an urban balcony – we all know that city lights drown all but the brightest stars, planets, and fireballs. This post offers some tips on how to find a dark sky, and talks about dark sky parks, designated by the International Dark Sky Association.
New images from the Philae lander are expected on Thursday, November 14. In the meantime, despite many challenges … a cause for celebration!
EarthSky Facebook friend Birgit Bodén shared this photo. It’s a sign of wintry weather already appearing at far northern latitudes. These streaks in the sky are called light pillars. They form when sunlight (or another bright light source, such as the sun) reflects off the surfaces of millions of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds.
Ken Christison posted this photo to EarthSky Facebook and wrote:
Watching the moon set behind the trees. I always liked to get clean images of the moon, but this morning I just kept it running through the trees. I think it does add to the whole atmosphere.
The dayside images of Rosetta’s comet have been fantastic. Now, thanks to backscatter of sunlight from the comet’s coma, we’re seeing amazing nightside images.
An image of a far northern latitude, where it’s beginning to look a lot like winter.
Snow fell in the east Tennessee hills on the first day of November.
The Chinese Chang’e 5 test vehicle captured this extraordinary view of Earth over the far side of the moon on October 28. From Earth, the phase of the moon was a waxing crescent. From the moon, the Earth was in a waning gibbous phase. More detail about features visible on this photo on the far side of the moon, inside.
The 2014 The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on September 11. According to scientists from NASA and NOAA, the size of this year’s hole was 24.1 million square kilometers (9.3 million square miles) — an area roughly the size of North America.