The planets are still striking before dawn in late November, 2015.
Don’t call them “fire rainbows,” experts say. They’re not rainbows. And they originate with ice, not fire.
Best currently available images of Pluto and Charon – taken during New Horizons’ flyby – combined to create a view of a full rotation of each of these worlds.
Hole-punch clouds are sometimes called fallstreak holes. They are often-circular patches of clear sky, surrounded by clouds. Airplanes create them.
More than two weeks after the first rain of the season, another rainfall. Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe reports.
The sun is behind the cloud. It looks as if the shadow is also behind the cloud, but that’s just a trick of perspective.
Alignment of Venus, Mars, Jupiter and a meteor on the ecliptic plane. Not a large meteor but a little gem of color.
The Leonids were sparse this year, but 2015 has been an incredible year for the long-lasting shower Taurids. Photos and video here.
The construction of FAST – China’s new radio telescope – is proceeding on schedule. When completed in 2016, it’ll be the largest radio telescope in the world.
Deep into the dark months of the year – 508 miles (817 km) from the North Pole – a photo of the moon and morning planets.
Sommarøya, just outside Tromsø, Norway. Photo: © Geir-Inge Buschmann/Gibfoto
The beautiful constellation Orion, and all that surrounds it in the sky. Plus light from the setting moon on the sacred Chana Dorje peak in Tibet.
Crescent Pluto, acquired as New Horizons sped past in July on its way deeper into the Kuiper Belt.
The morning planets rising above an observatory in Malaysia.
Hundreds of millions of flowers bloomed in the Atacama Desert in Chile this year, linked to 2015’s ongoing strong El Niño.
A first rain in six months for Mutare, Zimbabwe. Afterwards, crepuscular rays in a clear blue sky, then against a flaming red sunset.
Venus is the brightest planet, and Mars is faint now. On November 3, 2015, they were closest until 2017. Watch the moon pass them later this week!
New, more detailed images and video – released yesterday – of object 2015 TB145, which swept close to Earth on Halloween. Does it still look like a skull?
Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists.