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View larger. | The Milky Way as seen from Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona, by Dave Lane Astrophotography.  Visit Dave Lane's Facebook page.
Today's Image | Dec 20, 2014

Milky Way above Navajo sandstone in Arizona

Those who’ve been there say the drive to White Pocket – a swirling, twisted, multicolored landscape in northern Arizona – is an adventure in its own right.

The Aqua satellite caught this image of the unnamed iceberg on December 3, 2014.  Image via NASA Earth Observatory.
Today's Image | Dec 19, 2014

Big iceberg in South Atlantic

Satellites have detected an iceberg adrift in the South Atlantic Ocean. It’s big … but doesn’t meet the criteria for tracking or naming.

Photo credit: On Location Photography
Today's Image | Dec 18, 2014

New Zealand sunset

A fiery sunset last week at Styx Mill Reserve in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by On Location Photography.

Today's Image | Dec 16, 2014

So long, Venus Express!

ESA lost full contact a few weeks ago. The spacecraft is expected to fall into Venus’ thick atmosphere and likely be destroyed in the coming weeks.

Photo credit: Chris Tinker
Today's Image | Dec 16, 2014

Hawaii’s Waimea Canyon

Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Photo by Chris Tinker.

Robert Ede in British Columbia, Canada, wrote: "The clouds cleared for the Geminids. I went out early before the moon was up. Three meteors can be seen. Two streaking through Orion. All pointing back towards their namesake, Gemini."
Today's Image | Dec 14, 2014

See it! Best photos of 2014’s Geminid meteor shower

Many commented that the 2014 Geminid meteor shower was the best meteor shower they’d seen in awhile. Thank you to all who posted photos!

View larger |  Photo credit: David Magro Photography
Today's Image | Dec 12, 2014

Can you see two galaxies in this photo?

Hint: Not counting the Milky Way! Photo by David Magro Photography.

© Fotograf Göran Strand
Today's Image | Dec 10, 2014

The father, the son and the moon

Silhouette of statue in Sweden, under a waning moon, by a master sky photographer.

Iridium flare by brothers Lee and Joe Hartley over Watson Mill State Park, Georgia.
Today's Image | Dec 09, 2014

Iridium flare over Georgia

Iridium flares come from iridium communications satellites. They happen when an antenna from one of these satellites reflects sunlight directly down at Earth.

Today's Image | Dec 07, 2014

Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park, at night

Toby Harriman Photography captured this magnificent photo in November 2014, at Yosemite National Park in California.

View larger. | Venus as captured on December 2, 2014 by Karoline Mrazek and Erwin Matys of Project Nightflight in Spain.
Today's Image | Dec 05, 2014

Venus, west after sunset

Venus isn’t easy to see now in the sunset direction, shortly after the sun goes down. But keep watching! One evening soon, you’ll spot it.

View larger. | Full circle rainbow was captured over Cottesloe Beach near Perth, Australia in 2013 by Colin Leonhardt of Birdseye View Photography.  He was in a helicopter flying between a setting sun and a downpour.   Used with permission.  Order prints of this photo.
Today's Image | Dec 04, 2014

Rare and wonderful full-circle rainbow

In theory, any rainbow can be a full circle, but – from Earth’s surface – we typically see only the top part of a rainbow.

Credit: Jose Miranda / Astronomical Society of the Caribbean
Today's Image | Dec 03, 2014

Asteroid brushes the Horsehead Nebula

Animation shows the space rock 4451 Grieve as it zips by the famous nebula.

Photo credit: © 2014 Tor-Ivar Næss
Today's Image | Dec 02, 2014

The flip side

The aurora borealis lights up the sky and the water.

Noctilucent clouds over Antarctica as seen by NASA's AIM spacecraft.  Image via Spaceweather.com
Today's Image | Dec 01, 2014

Night-shining cloud season begins in Antarctica

Noctilucent clouds – aka night-shining clouds – are thought to be made of ice crystals that form on fine dust particles from meteors.

Photo Credit: Abhinav Singhai.  Visit Abhinav Singhai's Flickr page
Today's Image | Nov 30, 2014

Bar-headed geese in India

A beautiful shot of bar-headed geese – one of the world’s highest flying birds – over a wetlands in India in November 2014. Photo by Abhinav Singhai.

Photo credit: Daniel Levy Photography
Today's Image | Nov 28, 2014

Good morning!

November morning sky at Old Scituate Light in Scituate, Massachusetts, USA.

Photo credit: Göran Strand
Today's Image | Nov 27, 2014

Crescent moon

Tuesday’s crescent moon sets behind a small cabin. Photo by Göran Strand.

Photo by Justin Ng of Singapore
Today's Image | Nov 26, 2014

Magellanic Clouds and more

Milky Way, Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and bright star Canopus can be seen in this image taken at sunrise over East Java’s Mount Bromo.

Photo credit: Joshua Nowicki
Today's Image | Nov 25, 2014

Ice-covered lighthouse in Michigan

Wow! A fearsome ice king! Outer lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan last Friday night.

View larger.| See the little white dot of the planet Venus in the upper right of this photo?  It'll be back to your evening sky in early December.  Helio de Carvalho Vital captured this image on November 18, 2014 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He wrote, "I managed to capture Venus as it is starting its return to dusk, despite the fact that it is still at a mere 6.2° distance from the sun. 
The photos show it a  few minutes before setting behind the  northern side of the 1,021-meter high Tijuca Peak, located some 6.5 km away. It was deeply immersed in the intense glare of the sun, that would set some 13 minutes later."
Today's Image | Nov 22, 2014

Venus returning to evening sky!

The sky’s brightest planet, Venus, has been behind the sun as viewed from our earthly vantage point. By early December, it’ll be back in your evening sky!