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Mars is the brightest “star” in this image, in the lower right. Saturn is second-brightest, above and to the left of Mars. Plus stars in Scorpius and Ophiuchus.
Tom Wildoner got this great shot of the Dumbbell Nebula. Also known as Messier 27, it’s in the constellation Vulpecula, about 1,360 light-years away.
“Should there be the same scenery as seen from another place of the Milky Way?”
The Perseids are declining now, but 2016 brought a great meteor shower for many around the globe. See photos and videos here.
Although it looks like an upside-down rainbow, it’s what’s called a circumzenithal arc. Katerina Russo captured this in Italy on August 9.
The moon, a planet and a very high volcano.
Shelf clouds are what meteorologists call arcus clouds. They’re low, mostly horizontal clouds, usually associated with a thunderstorm’s leading edge.
Many in the EarthSky community captured the moon and planets this week. From the sunset horizon up, they are Venus, Mercury and Jupiter!
Here is gas arching up from the surface of the sun, sculpted by the sun’s magnetic fields. These great features are called prominences.
Earth’s shadow is a blue-gray line ascending in the east each evening, as the sun sinks below the western horizon. Belt of Venus is a pink line above the shadow.
With the exception of Jupiter, the planets in the west after sunset now aren’t very conspicuous. But they’re lining up for some fun in August!
A visit to the summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawai’i, where astronomers from 11 countries operate telescopes.
Anthony Lynch said he “waited all night for this storm in Ireland, but it missed us and went across the sea around 3 a.m.”
The Tetons are part of the Rocky Mountains in North America – mostly in Wyoming – south of Yellowstone National Park.
What appears to be a corona, possibly caused by water droplets in a mist – or even by pollen – as the sun rises over Sweden.
See the full band of the Milky Way in an interactive full-sphere image taken June 14, 2016 on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands.
In January and February, Orion is an evening constellation. But at this time of year, people around the world begin watching for Orion before dawn.
The sun sinks over the observatory atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano.
A little fishing cottage on the Swedish coast beneath the vast Milky Way.
“I wasn’t happy with my visible light photos, but Earth’s shadow showed great in IR. The rest was just working out the photo conditions by trial and error.”
Constellation Cepheus looks like a house
Mars and Saturn over the Alps