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Top 7 EarthSky images of 2017

Here are 7 of your favorite images of the year.

Sorry cat-lovers: New study says dogs are smarter

The study – from a self-confessed dog lover – counted cells in animals’ brains associated with thinking, planning and complex behavior.

Red kite

Graham Telford captured this image of a red kite on a cold December morning in Towton in Yorkshire, England.

Scientists explain insights from ancient Tibetan ice core

A short film about an expedition to Tibet’s Guliya Glacier, where scientists drilled a Stone Age ice core going back 600,000 years. Plus a report on what the ice core reveals.

Watch: Grand Canyon cloud inversion

A full cloud inversion followed by a snowstorm over Grand Canyon National Park in this gorgeous new time-lapse.

Gaia’s view of Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), one of the nearest galaxies to our Milky Way, as viewed by ESA’s Gaia satellite after its first 14 months of operations.

Juno probes depths of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Juno spacecraft data show the Great Red Spot – nearly 1.5 Earths wide – with roots penetrating some 200 miles (300 km) into Jupiter’s atmosphere.

Arctic report card 2017

The report shows the warming trend that’s transforming the Arctic region is persisting. The Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades, say scientists.

Darth Vader horseshoe crab

A 245-million-year-old fossil horseshoe crab, recently discovered in Idaho, has been named Vaderlimulus after Star Wars’ Darth Vader. It’s easy to see why.

Shining sea and sky

“When phytoplankton come near the beach, you can see this amazing scene. There is light in the sea and sky,” said Mohammad Rouhbakhsh of Iran, who captured this image.