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Earth’s shadow, sea and land

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.

Venus is brighter, to the right of the building. Mercury is at the top of the frame. Photo taken July 23, 2016 by Helio C. Vital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Venus and Mercury, from Brazil

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!


Telescopes and laser beam, in Hawai’i

A visit to the summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawai’i, where astronomers from 11 countries operate telescopes.

Image via Anthony Lynch Photography

Waiting for the storm

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.”

This week's rising full moon over the Tetons, by Chris Davis.  Thanks, Chris!

Moonrise over the Tetons

The Tetons are part of the Rocky Mountains in North America – mostly in Wyoming – south of Yellowstone National Park.


Rainbow light in the mist, Sweden

What appears to be a corona, possibly caused by water droplets in a mist – or even by pollen – as the sun rises over Sweden.

Image via project nightflight

Interactive 360 degree Milky Way

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.


Orion before dawn, over Thailand

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.

Image via Nair Sankar

Last light at Mauna Kea summit

The sun sinks over the observatory atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano.

Image via Tannerstedt Photography

Fishing hut in Sweden

A little fishing cottage on the Swedish coast beneath the vast Milky Way.

Photo taken July 10, 2016 outside Tucson, Arizona by Eliot Herman.

Earth’s shadow in infrared

“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.”

Image via NASA Earth Observatory

Paris at midnight

ISS astronaut’s photo of the City of Light.


Have you seen Venus yet?

Venus is returning to the west after sunset. We’re hearing reports of brief glimpses of it, low in the twilight. EarthSky community photos here!

McWay Falls in California, captured July 4, 2016 by Jack Fusco Photography.

Mars and Milky Way over Big Sur

Big Sur along the central California coast has many state parks for hiking and camping. This state park features a waterfall that drops into the Pacific.

July 4, 2016 sun on the day of aphelion. Notice the contrast with Earth's size. Image via Fotograph Goran Strand.

Yesterday’s sun at aphelion

We reached our farthest point from the sun for 2016 yesterday at 16:24 UTC. That’s 11:24 a.m. in the central U.S, 1:24 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

Image via NASA

Earth-sized aurora on Jupiter

NASA released this image as the Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter.

Photo taken July 1, 2016 at Surfrider Beach Club in Sea Bright, New Jersey, by Steve Scanlon Photography.

Summer sunrise in Sea Bright, New Jersey

A peaceful place to be on a summer morning.

Images to make this composite captured June 30, 2016 by Rob Pettengill in Austin, Texas.

This week’s old moon

A waning crescent moon – seen in the east before dawn – is called an old moon.


Venus returning to evening twilight

Don’t expect to see Venus with the eye yet. It’ll be back by mid-July, 2016. But it’s up there each evening twilight now, setting shortly behind the sun.

Asteroids in Earth's neighborhood of the solar system today, via Armagh Observatory.

Known asteroids near Earth today

The first map shows all the known asteroids within one-third of Earth’s distance from the sun today – Asteroid Day – June 30, 2016. Look below for a second map.