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It’s meteor season!

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Darla Young in Arkansas said on August 1, 2015 that she was … “out photographing the Blue Moon and captured myself a meteor … A Perseid perhaps?”

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.

Solar halo over Sweden

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Solar halo around a statue, by Göran Strand.

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.

Bright basin on Tethys

View larger. | Saturn's moon Tethys, as captured by the Cassini spacecraft on May 9, 2015 at a distance of approximately 186,000 miles (300,000 km) from Tethys. Ultraviolet, green and infrared spectral filters were combined to create this color view. North on Tethys (660 miles or 1,062 km across) is up in this view.  Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Tethys, as captured by the Cassini spacecraft on May 9, 2015 at a distance of approximately 186,000 miles (300,000 km) from Tethys. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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 …

First-ever look at Pluto’s night side

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Night side of Pluto. Via NASA / JHU-APL / SWRI. New Horizons spacecraft.

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.

Best photos of the comet

View larger. | Venus (brightest), Jupiter (second-brightest) and star Regulus make a triangle.  The comet is to their lower left.  Composite image - created from two images - taken on July 22, 2015 by Marco Nero in New South Wales, Australia.  Canon EOS 6D with Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM II lens.

View larger. | Venus (brightest), Jupiter (second-brightest) and star Regulus make a triangle. The comet is to their left. Composite image – created from two images (sky and landscape) – taken on July 22, 2015 by Marco Nero in New South Wales, Australia. Canon EOS 6D with Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM II lens.

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 …

Double red rainbow over New Mexico

View larger. | Double red rainbow on July 21, 2015 by Steve Lacy, near Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Double red rainbow on July 21, 2015 by Steve Lacy, near Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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.

Lightning over Jenne Farm in Vermont

Lightening fills the sky over Jenne Farm in Vermont.  Photo by John Vose.  Visit him at Jericho Hills Photography.

Lightening fills the sky over Jenne Farm in Vermont. Photo by John Vose of Jericho Hills Photography

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.

This date in science: Apollo 11 and first footsteps on moon

Apollo 11:  First human steps on the moon.

Apollo 11: First human steps on the moon.

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.

What is virga?

Virga over west Texas by Deborah Byrd.

Virga over west Texas by Deborah Byrd.

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!

We love sunflowers! Your best photos

Photo: Mary Kate Best

Photo: Mary Kate Best

Great photos of sunflowers from all over. Thanks, everyone!