Meteor season 2015 is underway, with several showers doing on now and the Perseids gearing up for a great show in a moon-free sky in mid-August. We’ll be posting pics on this page throughout the coming month.
Halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting high above our heads. The clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals, which both refract (split) and also reflect sunlight. Read more about this photo, inside.
After so many amazing images of Pluto and Charon, it’s time to remember some other fascinating worlds within our solar system. Here is Saturn’s moon, Tethys …
Here’s something no one on Earth has ever seen before. NASA released this new image today (July 24, 2015). It’s the night side of Pluto with the hazy atmosphere scattering light from a distant sun.
Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) passed perihelion – its closest point to the sun – on July 6, 2015. It never got bright enough to be viewed easily with the unaided eye, and most observers – even those in the Southern Hemisphere, where the comet is higher in the sky – have said couldn’t spot it with the eye alone. It’s against a background of bright twilight and sets soon behind the sun. But – since it has been near the bright planets Venus and Jupiter in the sky, and sometimes the moon as well – many have captured wonderful photos of this comet …
Red rainbows happen when the sun is on the horizon. They’re created in much the same process that causes a sunset or sunrise to look red.
You’ve probably seen this farm in Vermont. It’s made an appearance on posters, notecards, calendars, magazine covers, and in movies such as Forrest Gump.
July 20, 1969. On this date, Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed their moon module on a broad dark lunar lava flow, called the Sea of Tranquility. Six hours later, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to walk on the moon. The story in pictures … inside.
We’ve all seen virga, but maybe not known what it’s called. Virga is rain that evaporates before it hits the ground. Enjoy these photos!
Great photos of sunflowers from all over. Thanks, everyone!