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See it! Photos of total lunar eclipse of April 14-15

“Lunar eclipse from Des Moines, Iowa. Composite photo showing the moon disappearing and turning dark-red. Taken at the outdoor Papajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.,” by Brian Abeling

Did you sleep through last night’s eclipse? Or maybe you had cloudy skies. If so, here’s the next best thing. Enjoy these.

Star aligns with planetary nebula to create diamond ring

The planetary nebula Abell 33 captured using European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope.  Via ESO.

The planetary nebula Abell 33 captured using European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. This planetary nebula is unusually round. Something usually disturbs the symmetry and causes a planetary nebula to appear roundish, but slightly irregular in shape. Via ESO.

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile today (April 9, 2014) released this image of the planetary nebula PN A66 33 — usually known as Abell 33 – located roughly 2,500 light-years from Earth. What you see here is the planetary nebula in a chance alignment with a foreground star.

Astounding photos of marine worms, some previously unknown to science

Photo by Alexander Semenov

Photo by Alexander Semenov

Alexander Semenov photographed 222 different worm species, which are now in the process of being studied and documented by scientists. See photos.

Mid-level solar flare April 2

Image credit: NASA

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Awesome image! A mid-level flare, an M6.5, erupted from the sun today, peaking at 10:05 a.m. EDT.

New image: Two contrasting galaxies

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A new image shows two galaxies, close to each other in space, but with very different histories – small spiral NGC 1317 and the large battle-scarred NGC 1316.

View from space: Washington landslide

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Before and after satellite images of the March 22 landslide near Oso, Washington

Miss the moon and Venus this morning? Photos here

Steve Scanlon Photograhy caught the moon and Venus from the U.S. Jersey shore, overlooking the Atlantic.  More photos by Steve Scanlon.

Steve Scanlon Photograhy caught the moon and Venus from the U.S. Jersey shore, overlooking the Atlantic.

So many of you posted wonderful shots of this morning’s pairing of the moon with the brightest planet, Venus – March 27, 2014 – in the predawn sky. Here are a few of our favorites. Thanks to all who posted!

MoonDay

Photo credit: Vegastar Carpentier Photography

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The waning crescent moon on the morning of March 26, by VegaStar Carpentier Photography.

Close-up of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Image credit: NASA

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a raging storm in the planet’s southern hemisphere that’s more than three times the size of Earth. This image is from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft.

Crescent Saturn

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Do you love to look at the crescent moon? Here’s a view of the crescent planet Saturn.