“Eerie!” thought Michael Scully in North Carolina on Monday morning, when he caught this image with his iPhone. Turns out it was a rocket launch from Wallops Island of an uncrewed Cygnus cargo ship, due to reach the International Space Station today.
Photographer Karthik Easvur reminds us that our galaxy’s center is 25,000 light-years away. So light from the galactic center that reached the sensor of his camera started its journey 25,000 years ago.
A large explosion happened Friday night into Saturday at Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano. The 1st serious injury is reported. USGS warns of the release of toxic gases in a plume called a laze, which happens when molten lava hits sea water. Latest images and videos here.
On spring mornings, from either hemisphere, you can’t easily see Mercury. Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe – 19 degrees south latitude, where it’s autumn now – shares this month’s excellent Southern Hemisphere view of Mercury, as the old moon swept past.