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April 23, 2014 earthquake
Apr 24, 2014

6.6-magnitude earthquake off Vancouver Island on April 23

The quake hit at 8:10 p.m. local time. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. No tsunami warning was issued.

Artist's concept of LADEE over moon's surface, via NASA
Blogs | Apr 24, 2014

The zodiacal light, seen from the moon

NASA’s LADEE spacecraft captured images of the eerie zodiacal light seen from the moon, shortly before it made a planned crash-landing on April 17.

Artist's concept of Spica from hypothetical planet
Tonight | Apr 24, 2014

Star of the week: Spica is a whirling double star

Spica is a binary star, with two stars larger and hotter than the sun, telescopically indistinguishable from a single point of light.

Lunar eclipse illustration courtesy of Luc Viatour
FAQs | Apr 24, 2014

What is a Blood Moon?

A lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row – began on the night of April 14-15. People are calling it a Blood Moon eclipse. Here’s why.

EarthSky Facebook friend Jean Marie Andre Delaporte captured this image of a halo around the sun in Normandy, France on April 23, 2014.
Today's Image | Apr 24, 2014

Halo around the sun over Normandy, France

We get many messages throughout each year from people who’ve just spotted a halo, or ring, around the sun or moon.

Lyrid April 22, 2013 via Mike O'Neal
Tonight | Apr 23, 2014

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

The Lyrid shower has passed, but you might see a few meteors through about April 26. The Eta Aquarids are next!

This is Manann Mclir, the mythical Celtic god of the sea overlooking Lough Foyle in Northern Ireland.  The Milky Way galaxy is rising above the statue's arms in all its glory.  Glenn Miles Photography posted this one at EarthSky Facebook, in celebration of International Dark Sky Week, April 20-26, 2014.  Visit Glenn Miles Photography.
Today's Image | Apr 23, 2014

An ancient sea god under the Milky Way

A mythical Celtic god of the sea and the edgewise view into our own Milky Way galaxy, as captured by Glenn Miles Photography in Northern Ireland.

Image via Neha Golwala
Blogs | Apr 22, 2014

Photos from friends: Favorite images of Earth

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, EarthSky has brought together some of our favorite images of Earth received from friends in past years. Thank you all!

First Earth Day 1970
FAQs | Apr 22, 2014

Why celebrate Earth Day on April 22?

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year. But why April 22?

Lyrid meteor on April 21, 2014.  Simon Waldram in Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, discovered this one as he finished batch editing 320 photos to make a startrail image.  Thanks, Simon!
Today's Image | Apr 22, 2014

Photos from friends: 2014 Lyrid meteor shower

A collection of photos from the 2014 Lyrid meteor shower, which peaked on the morning of April 22.