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Astronauts’ views of Mount Shasta

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured these images of Mount Shasta while orbiting over northern California at different times of the year.

What’s this strange cloud?

“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.

Sunrise from Sea Bright, New Jersey

One World Trade Center – aka Freedom Tower – is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

Milky Way center over Pondicherry, India

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.

Situation at Kilauea Volcano ‘steadily worsening’

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.

Shelf cloud over New York

A squall line of severe thunderstorms swept over New York City and the surrounding area last Tuesday, creating dramatic skies.

See it! Young moon and Venus

The returning moon and brightest planet were near each other in the sky the last 2 evenings. Don’t miss these gorgeous photos from the EarthSky community.


Photographer Walter E. Elliott captured this image from Michigan’s Grand Haven North Pier on May 14, 2018.

Old moon and Mercury, past 2 mornings

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.

New views of Jupiter

At a meeting of experts in London last week, citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran wowed the audience with this new composite, plus a new dazzling animation, of the giant planet Jupiter.

Galaxies look like fireflies

In the darkness of the distant universe, galaxies resemble glowing fireflies, flickering candles, or sparks floating up from a bonfire.

‘Absolutely insane airglow’

Those were the words of astrophotographer Yuri Beletsky, who captured this image on May 10 from Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.

Jupiter rising, Venus setting

Venus and Jupiter are the sky’s 2 brightest planets, and they hang on either side of your sky now – Jupiter in the east and Venus in the west – shortly after the sun goes down.

Springtime at Ladd Observatory

Ladd Observatory is located at Brown University in Providence in the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano

Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Here are images and video from its ongoing eruption in Hawaii.

Eta Aquariid in moonlight

Who says you can’t catch meteors in moonlight? Check out this beautiful shot of one of this weekend’s Eta Aquariid meteors from Eliot Herman in Tucson.

Tangled up in blue

NASA’s SDO captured the sun’s only visible active region putting on a fine display.

Root of the rainbow

A rainbow happens when sunlight hits water droplets in the air. Look opposite the sun after or during a rain shower.

Gaia sees LMC stars as galactic fingerprint

It resembles a fingerprint, doesn’t it? But it’s really a galaxy, rotating. This image is from ESA’s Gaia space observatory. It shows the rotation of the Large Magellanic Cloud.

See it! This week’s moon and Jupiter

The moon swept past the very bright planet Jupiter this week. Gorgeous photos from the EarthSky community, here. Thanks to all who submitted!