Here is a grand photo of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), which is now in the northern sky, not far from the North Star, Polaris. On May 26, 2015, Stuart Atkinson posted this photo and wrote a great article about how to spot the comet now, at the blog of the Society for Popular Astronomy. Details inside.
Looks like screech owls like to snuggle, too.
The moon has returned to the evening sky! And what a sight it will be in the coming days as it sweeps up past Venus and Jupiter. Enjoy these photos from EarthSky’s community. We’ll be posting more in the days ahead.
May 18, 2013. On this date astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) captured three beautiful views of Pavlof Volcano, part of the Aleutian Arc, with a handheld Nikon D3S digital camera. As the volcano poured out lava and shot ash 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) into the air, the astronauts managed to capture these seldom-seen oblique views of the volcano, which are very different from the top-down views of most unmanned satellites.
Contrary to myth, these clouds don’t continue extending downward to form tornados. But it’s true they can appear around, before or after a storm. Click in to see a spectacular collection of photos of these magnificent clouds.
Even in bright moonlight, astrophotographer Justin Ng captures amazing shots of the Milky Way. Here’s one from May 6, during the peak of a meteor shower.
Here’s a sea fog, called a haar in Scotland. They occur on the east coast of England or Scotland in spring and summer, when warm air passes over the North Sea.
This new timelapse lets you experience a sunset on our neighboring planet, Mars. NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover captured the images to make this animated gif from the Gale Crater on Mars during Sol 956 – the 956th day of the rover’s activity on the Martian surface.
After a period of few to no spots, a large sunspot group emerged on May 5. It has already produced an X-flare!
Astrophotographer Göran Strand of Sweden kindly gave us permission to publish this photo, which a phenomenal double red rainbow. Details … inside.