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New Zealand sunset

Photo credit: On Location Photography

Photo credit: On Location Photography

A fiery sunset last week at Styx Mill Reserve in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by On Location Photography.

See it! Best photos of 2014’s Geminid meteor shower

Mau Horng caught a Geminid meteor with lightning at Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia.  He wrote:

Mau Horng caught a Geminid meteor with lightning at Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia. He wrote: “If seeing a meteor is considered lucky, what about a meteor captured with lightning!”

Many commented that last night’s Geminid meteor shower was the best meteor shower they’d seen in awhile. Thank you to all who posted photos!

The father, the son and the moon

Photo by Göran Strand.  Used with permission.  Thank you, Göran!

Photo by Göran Strand. Used with permission.

Silhouette of statue in Sweden, under a waning moon, by a master sky photographer.

Iridium flare over Georgia

Iridium flare by brothers Lee and Joe Hartley over Watson Mill State Park, Georgia.

Iridium flare by brothers Lee and Joe Hartley in November, 2014 over Watson Mill State Park, Georgia.

Lee Hartley wrote:

While shooting long exposure night shots at Watson Mill State Park, my brother Joe and I both caught this iridium flare by accident. Look closely in the upper right quadrant and you will also find the Andromeda galaxy peeking through the clouds.

Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park, at night

Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park by Toby Harriman Photography.  Visit Toby Harriman Photography's Facebook page, or visit his website.

Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park by Toby Harriman Photography.

Toby Harriman snapped this photo from Tunnel View – a scenic overlook on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park in California – a few weeks ago. Low fog was rolling into the valley, and Toby said he was able to capture conditions he’d always dreamed of. His favorite part of the photo: The climber’s headlamp visible midway up the vertical rock formation El Capitan, on the left.

Venus, west after sunset

View larger. | Venus as captured on December 2, 2014 by Karoline Mrazek and Erwin Matys of Project Nightflight in Spain.

Venus over the Atlantic Ocean, via Project Nightflight. Used with permission.

Venus, the brightest of all planets, sits close to the glare of sunset in December, 2014, and it’ll take a deliberate effort to see this world at evening dusk. That’s one reason the photo above – by Karoline Mrazek and Erwin Matys of Spain’s Project Nightflight – is so wonderful.

Rare and wonderful full-circle rainbow

View larger. | Full circle rainbow was captured over Cottesloe Beach near Perth, Australia in 2013 by Colin Leonhardt of Birdseye View Photography.  He was in a helicopter flying between a setting sun and a downpour.   Used with permission.  Order prints of this photo.

Full circle rainbow captured over Cottesloe Beach near Perth, Australia in 2013 by Colin Leonhardt of Birdseye View Photography. He was in a helicopter flying between a setting sun and a downpour. Used with permission.

In theory, any rainbow can be a full circle, but – from Earth’s surface – we typically see only the top part of a rainbow. Even if sky conditions are right, your horizon blocks the rest of the rainbow from view. That’s why this rare photo is so wonderful!

Asteroid brushes the Horsehead Nebula

Orion ED80T telescope / SBIG STF-8300M camera / 10 minute exposures.  Credit: Jose Miranda / Astronomical Society of the Caribbean

Asteroid 4451 Grieve passing near the famous Horsehead Nebula. Credit: Jose Miranda / Astronomical Society of the Caribbean

Jose Miranda from Isabela, Puerto Rico was snapping pictures of one of the most famous nebulae in the sky. While looking at the images, he noticed a moving object …

The flip side

Photo credit: © 2014 Tor-Ivar Næss

Photo credit: © 2014 Tor-Ivar Næss

The aurora borealis lights up the sky and the water.

Ice-covered lighthouse in Michigan

Photo credit: Joshua Nowicki

Photo credit: Joshua Nowicki

Wow! A fearsome ice king! Outer lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan on Friday night.