A misty forest path … Where does it lead? Tommy Richardsen captured this image in Sørkjosen, Troms, Northern Norway.
The image above is one of the highest resolution images ever returned of Mercury. MESSENGER acquired it on June 11, 2014. Last Friday – July 25, 2014 – MESSENGER’s periherm (closest point to Mercury) dropped below 100 kilometers / 62 miles. MESSSENGER is the first manmade object ever to come this close to Mercury.
NASA cameras detected some Perseid fireballs, or very bright meteors, this weekend. This favorite among meteor showers is just getting started, with Earth now entering the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The shower typically builds gradually to a peak (this year on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13), and NASA detected at least five Perseid fireballs over the weekend. Learn when to watch … inside.
Here is a sight many skywatchers wait for, patiently, each summertime. It’s the constellation Orion the Hunter, rising out of the dawn. Matthew Chin in Hong Kong caught this photo of the constellations Orion, Auriga and Taurus yesterday (July 26, 2014). Watch for Orion before dawn, and give yourself a seasonal marker you’ll come to love as much as autumn leaves … or the first flowers of spring.
Next time you see crepuscular rays or sunrays extending from the horizon … turn around. You might catch a glimpse of elusive anticrepuscular rays.
There was a beautiful scene in the eastern sky this morning for all who had clear skies. The waning crescent moon and Venus! These photos are just a sampling of those that came in from our friends at EarthSky Facebook. Thank you to all who posted!
The Perseid meteor shower builds gradually to a peak over a couple of weeks in late July and early August. This year, 2014, a bright supermoon will interfere on the shower’s peak mornings. So begin watching meteors early this year … now! And enjoy these photos, which are from 2013′s Perseid shower.
This little fox was found sleeping on one of the back seats of an Ottawa city bus Sunday morning. Cute, eh? Apparently, the bus had been parked inside a garage for maintenance, and the fox got inside through an open door. Employees of the bus company couldn’t help but snap a few pics, which have been making a big splash on Twitter this week.
Justin Ng captured this beautiful scene last night (July 21, 2014) It’s another of his “impossible” shots – that is, photos that inspire more astrophotographers in light-polluted cities to unveil the beauty of the elusive Milky Way galaxy.
Twilight is the time of day between daylight and darkness, whether after sunset or before sunrise. The sun is below the horizon, but its rays are scattered by Earth’s atmosphere to create twilight’s pinks, purples, and blues.
These photos all came from our Facebook friends. You’ll love them!