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Matthew Chin in Hong Kong caught this photo of Orion and Taurus on July 26, 2014.
Today's Image | Jul 27, 2014

Orion returns

Orion has been called “the ghost of the shimmering summer dawn.” The Hunter rises on his side, with his three Belt stars pointing straight up.

Perseid fireball by Mike Lewinski
Today's Image | Jul 25, 2014

Best photos 2013 Perseid meteor shower

Many images of the 2013 Perseid meteor shower, posted as meteor season 2014 begins!

An OC Transpo employee made the cute discovery at a bus parking garage on Industrial Avenue in Ottawa's east end on Sunday morning.
Today's Image | Jul 23, 2014

Fox takes a nap on Ottawa city bus

Aww! An employee found this fox snoozing inside an Ottawa city bus on Sunday morning, July 20.

The Milky Way, and a laser light show, over Singapore July 21, 2014.  Photo by Justin Ng.  For more about this photo, visit Justin Ng's blog.
Today's Image | Jul 22, 2014

Rising Milky Way, laser light show, Singapore, July 21

Singapore is big on laser light shows. Has them every night! Justin Ng offers the “impossible:” Milky Way rising behind the laser lights and city lights.

Photo credit: Clifford Beaird
Today's Image | Jul 21, 2014

You can’t look at a sunflower and feel sad

Sunflower and tiny friend by Clifford Beaird.

Neil Armstrong descending to the moon's surface on July 20, 1969.
Today's Image | Jul 20, 2014

Small step for man, giant leap for mankind

The world watched on television as Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969. It was the first time humans walked another world.

View larger. | Collage of people on Earth waving at the Cassini spacecraft and planet Saturn on July 19, 2013, "the day Earth smiled."
Today's Image | Jul 19, 2014

The Day Earth Smiled

A mosaic of people on Earth waving at Saturn on July 19, 2013, the day Earth smiled. NASA called it “a global moment of cosmic self-awareness.”

Perseid meteor composite from Peter Greig Photography
Today's Image | Jul 18, 2014

Cosmic rain over isle of Lindisfarne

Composite image capturing a night under the cosmic rain – aka last year’s Perseid meteor shower – on Lindisfarne off the northeast coast of England.

EarthSky Facebook friend Graham Telford caught this swan landing while waiting for the sun to rise, at Allerton Bywater in the U.K.  Thanks, Graham.
Today's Image | Jul 17, 2014

Swan landing

Allerton Bywater is a village in the city of Leeds, in West Yorkshire, England. The River Aire, popular with swans, flows through it.

Photo taken by Vera Kiss in July 2014
Today's Image | Jul 15, 2014

Seagull and crepuscular rays

Vera Kiss said she hadn’t planned on catching this seagull when she aimed toward these crepuscular rays over the sea.

By Mike Taylor Photography
Today's Image | Jul 13, 2014

Rain puddle, Milky Way, in Arches National Park

A high rock formation and rare rain puddle in the desert near Moab, Utah beneath the grandeur of the Milky Way.

Map via Orbital Sciences
Today's Image | Jul 13, 2014

Watch today’s spectacular rocket launch online, or in sky

Congratulations to the Orbital-2 mission for a successful launch today!

Moon early in the morning on July 12, 2014, a few hours before the crest of its full phase.  Photo by Spencer Mann.
Today's Image | Jul 12, 2014

Supermoon, July 12, 3:16 a.m.

The moon is past full now, but it’ll look full by Saturday night in North America. The moon will be closest to Earth Sunday morning at 3:37 a.m. (8:27 UTC).

Matt Robinson in Sunderland, U.K., saw this wonderful, electric-blue noctilucent clouds on July 7, 2014.  They are sometimes called night-shining clouds.
Today's Image | Jul 10, 2014

Electric blue night-shining clouds

2014 has been a great year for noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds, seen at high latitudes only from about mid-May to August. Wondrous, if you can catch them!

Ceres and Vesta tracking together on Earth's sky dome in June and July 2014.  Photo and labels by Fred Espenak.
Today's Image | Jul 09, 2014

A rare alignment of Ceres and Vesta

This week, Fred Espenak posted this wonderful photo, which shows the minor planets Ceres and Vesta, together on Earth’s sky dome in late June and early July 2014.

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Today's Image | Jul 08, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri on July 7

Before it lost its status as a super typhoon, meteorologists were using words like “monster” and “beast” to describe Neoguri. This image shows you why.

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Today's Image | Jul 06, 2014

Stairway to heaven

“I saw this stairway leading into the Milky Way and figured I would give it a try.”

This galactic fireworks display is taking place in Messier 106, a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way. This galaxy is famous for its two extra spiral arms that glow in X-ray, optical, and radio light. These extra spiral arms aren't aligned with the plane of the galaxy.  Instead, they intersect it.
Today's Image | Jul 04, 2014

Galactic fireworks

Here’s a new composite image of Messier 106, known for its strange spiral arms, located 23 million light years away.

Against all odds, this spoon-billed sandpiper has returned to its birthplace to breed.  It is the first spoon-billed sandpiper from the captive-rearing scheme to do so.  Photo by Pavel Tomkovich and Egor Loktionov.
Today's Image | Jul 03, 2014

This bird is a superstar

Fewer than 100 pairs of Spoon-billed Sandpipers remain in the wild. Their migration is long and arduous. This is the first hand-reared bird that’s returned to breed.

Steve Pitstick of Pitstick Farms in northern Illinois caught these classic prairie storm clouds on Monday, June 30.  Used with permission.  Thank you, Steve.
Today's Image | Jul 02, 2014

Northern Illinois storm clouds on June 30

A farmer captured this photo of a serious storm sweeping through northern Illinois on Monday, June 30.

Nature & Man: Iridium Flare, Milky Way, Clouds and Light Pollution by Mike Taylor.  Visit Mike Taylor Photography.
Today's Image | Jun 30, 2014

Nature and man

One frame from a time lapse of the Milky Way, with some light pollution and fast-moving cloud cover … and an iridium flare.