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Dry ice frosts a Mars crater

The white markings here are bright residual carbon dioxide ice deposits – dry ice – on the south-facing rim of a pit crater on Mars.

Last night’s 1st quarter moon

A 1st quarter moon is showing us half of its day side, or a quarter of the whole moon.

You can still see 4 evening planets

We’ve been treated for several months now to the sight of 4 bright planets in our evening sky. Although Mars isn’t as bright now as it was, all 4 planets are still up there after sunset, visible from across Earth.

Giant iceberg A68 finally pushes off

We saw this break away from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica last year. Now, finally, it’s beginning to drift.

See it! Jupiter, Venus and the young moon

Have you been watching Jupiter, Venus and the moon these past few evenings? Enjoy these photos from the EarthSky community. Thanks to all who shared!

Aurora alien and storm trooper

Göran Strand captured an aurora over Sweden this week, but it wasn’t until he mirrored the image that things got interesting. Can you see the alien? How about the storm trooper? Both are examples of pareidolia.

Milky Way from behind the clouds

Photographer April Singer wrote: “Mars just made it into the shot on the far left. Taken at 9:45 p.m. September 8. We have a great view here in New Mexico, USA.”

Rainbow over Penang Island, Malaysia

Joey Zahari Mawi caught this amazing cloud and rainbow last Saturday – September 8, 2018 – before the sunset.

Beach mirrors sky over Lincolnshire, U.K.

When a thin film of water covered this beach, it looked as if people (and dogs) could walk in the sky.

Lavender field under the Milky Way

Lavender, lavender, lavender and stars! Grafixart Sam captured this image on a summer night in the Provence region of France.

4 planets from Hong Kong

Photographer Matthew Chin captured planets Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Venus in the sky over Yuen Long, Hong Kong on September 6, 208.

South Carolina sunrise

Fran Aquino captured Monday’s sunrise on Garden City Beach, South Carolina. Gorgeous!

A sun halo, sundogs and more

Halos around the sun or moon aren’t uncommon, but this is a really special one. Thanks to Martin Male, who captured it from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Telescopic view of 4 planets

These 4 planets – from west to east, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars – have been dominating our evening sky. They’ll stay up throughout September.

Mars’ gala summer has ended

Mars – the world next-outward from Earth in orbit around the sun – has been brighter these past 2 months than since 2003. It’s still bright, but will soon fade. Here are a few recent images of Mars at its best.

Moonlight over Black Waterfall, Iceland

Svartifoss – the Black Waterfall – on Iceland’s south coast is a popular destination for hikers and tourists. It drops from a crescent-shaped cliff made of black basalt columns.

Saturn and its rings

Beautiful capture of Saturn and its major rings – and even the gap between the rings, known as Cassini’s Division – from Tom Wildoner.

Hello, universe

A composite image of star trails with our Milky Way galaxy, and more, by Karthik Easvur.

Surfer riding a rainbow

Photographer Josh Blash wrote: “I caught this surfer riding a rainbow after a storm moved off the New Hampshire coast last Wednesday.”

See it! This month’s full moon

Beautiful images of the August 2018 full moon. Our thanks to all in the EarthSky community who submitted photos!