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Photos from International Dark Sky Week!

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View larger. | “Sit back and enjoy – International Dark Sky Week. Pakiri, New Zealand.” Photo: Joanne Ottey

This past week (April 13-19, 2015), we’ve been celebrating International Dark Sky Week. EarthSky’s many talented astrophotographer friends around the globe sent in these awesome – no other word to use – photos! Thank you to all who contributed!

Experience 2 months of Rosetta’s comet

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Comet activity January 31–March 25, 2015. Image via ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

This spectacular montage of 18 images shows off Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s activity from many different angles as seen by the Rosetta spacecraft between January 31 (top left) and March 25 (bottom right), when the spacecraft was at distances of about 30 to 100 km from the comet. At the same time, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was at distances between 363 million and 300 million km from the sun.

Signs of spring! Have a look …

“The glory of spring!” Photo: Gledra Kregzdys

No matter what the weather where you are, enjoy these photos from EarthSky friends on Facebook and G+.

Airglow, bioluminescence, Milky Way rising

Photo by Amit Kamble in Auckland, New Zealand

Photo by Amit Kamble in Auckland, New Zealand. Visit Amit Kamble Photography on Facebook.

This photo has it all! It’s a beautiful capture from Amit Kamble in New Zealand. Read his description inside.

Striped sunrises and the shadows they cast

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View larger. | Photo by Peter Lowenstein.

Peter Lowenstein of Mutare, Zimbabwe has submitted another set of unusual photos for us. One is above, and the other is inside this post. The photos were taken a year apart, but might have been taken on the same day if two photographers had been standing back to back, one shooting a cloud-striped sunrise and the other shooting the sun’s first light – showing banded cloud shadow – shining on a nearby mountain slope.

Before and after cyclone Pam

Photo credit: William Dyer

Photo credit: William Dyer

Views from above, before and after cyclone Pam devastated the island nation of Vanuatu earlier this month.

How you can help: Donate to the disaster relief effort.

See it! This weekend’s moon and Jupiter

Colin Chatfield in Saskatoon, SK, Canada caught the moon and Jupiter on the morning of March 29 (above truck, on left).  On the right is a greenish glow ... an aurora!

Colin Chatfield in Saskatoon, SK, Canada caught the moon and Jupiter on the morning of March 29 (above truck, on left). On the right is a greenish glow … an aurora!

Thank you to all in the EarthSky community who posted photos of the moon and Jupiter on March 29, 2015!

Total solar eclipse at 35,000 feet

March 20, 2015 total solar eclipse, seen from an airplane - 35,000 feet up - and captured by Eric Recurt of the UK.

March 20, 2015 total solar eclipse, seen from an airplane – 35,000 feet up – and captured by Eric Recurt of the UK.

Eric wrote:

Day of the eclipse, photo taken from cockpit at cruise level at 35,000 feet out of Bristol.

Looks like a shoot taken from much higher at space height!

Meteor season ahead!

Photo by Jeff Berkes Photography.  Visit him on Facebook.

Photo by Jeff Berkes Photography.

There’s always a lull in major meteor showers between the January Quadrantids and the April’s Lyrid meteor shower. While you’re waiting for the next shower, check out this beautiful shot from Jeff Berkes. Mount Rainier, the Milky Way and a Perseid meteor! Plus a look forward to April’s Lyrid meteor shower.

See it! Best photos of March 20 solar eclipse

Norway. Photo: Tine Mari  Thornes

Photo of total eclipse by Tine Mari Thornes in Norway.

Awesome photos of the March 20 solar eclipse, by EarthSky Facebook and G+ friends lucky enough to see it, and kind enough to share their pics.