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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+.

Striped sunrises and the shadows they cast

View larger. | Photo by Peter Lowenstein.

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.

What eclipse-watching looks like

A 2006 total solar eclipse as captured by eclipse master Fred Espenak.

This is a 2006 total solar eclipse, captured by eclipse master Fred Espenak.

On Friday – March 20, 2015 – the sun, moon and Earth will temporarily form a straight line in space. The moon’s shadow will fall on Earth. Those within the shadow’s path will see a total eclipse of the sun. At the March 20 eclipse, the moon’s shadow will cross over the frigid waters of North Atlantic Ocean. Eclipse fans – many of whom have seen multiple total solar eclipses – are waiting now in the Faroe Islands and the Svalbard archipelago, preparing to watch the eclipse. If you could join them during the eclipse, you’d experience what you see in Fred Espenak’s photo above … and, of course, much more.

Awesome St. Paddy’s Day aurora!

Peter Greig Photography wrote:

Peter Greig Photography wrote: “What a delight it was to finally capture the aurora activity tonight here in the UK. I didn’t think the clouds and mist was going to clear but it did just in time for the activity to really ramp up. “

A coronal mass ejection, or CME, hit Earth’s magnetic field early in the day on Tuesday and sparked a wonderful geomagnetic storm, the strongest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle – sporadically peaking at G4 intensity on the five-point scale. More photos from EarthSky’s community, inside.

Frozen bubble

Unprocessed version of a frozen bubble by Jocelyne Dupuis.

Unprocessed photo of a frozen bubble by Jocelyne Dupuis. See the colorized version inside.

Jocelyne Dupuis of North Cobalt, Ontario, Canada submitted this interesting image of a frozen soap bubble. She described her process, saying:

Frozen bubbles are beautiful Mother Nature’s Art, interesting to make but not easy as they are very fragile, and a little cold on the hands even with gloves on. I make my own bubble mixture and blow the bubbles with a straw …