“We are like grains of sand on a beach looking out in wonderment on a vast ocean … ” – Max Corneau
Meteor season 2015 is underway, with several showers doing on now and the Perseids gearing up for a great show in a moon-free sky in mid-August. We’ll be posting your photos on this page throughout the coming month.
An artist’s concept – and a real photo – from the first-ever impact from an earthly space probe onto the surface of a comet.
Halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting high above our heads. The clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals, which both refract (split) and also reflect sunlight.
After so many amazing images of Pluto and Charon, it’s time to remember some other fascinating worlds within our solar system. Here is Saturn’s moon, Tethys …
New image just released! A stunning snapshot of Pluto’s night side. The halo is from sunlight shining through the dwarf planet’s hazy atmosphere.
Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is easiest to catch in binoculars from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere. Many have captured dazzling photos of the comet.
It’s rare to see a red rainbow. Sky conditions have to be just right, and the timing has to be right. If you do see one, you’ll never forget it.
This farm in Vermont has made an appearance on posters, notecards, calendars, magazine covers, and in movies such as Forrest Gump.
What a glorious western twilight sky on the nights of July 17 and 18, 2015! Waxing moon, brightest planets, and Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS).
It’s setting soon after the sun, but it’s in the same part of the sky as this weekend’s spectacular display of the moon, Venus and Jupiter.
Venus orbits the sun one step inward from Earth. It’ll pass between us and the sun in mid-August. Until then, telescopes will show Venus as a waning crescent.
A cool New Horizons image of the side of Pluto the spacecraft won’t see as it sweeps past. Likely our last, best look for decades to come!
These clouds – sometimes called night-shining clouds – are thought to be made of ice crystals that form on fine dust particles from meteors.
People around the world are capturing the very bright planets Venus and Jupiter as they draw closer in the west after sunset this month.
The Milky Way over the Atlantic at the Pemaquid Point lighthouse in Bristol, Maine.
Beautiful July dawn in northeast Alaska’s Thompson Pass.
Here’s a composite image of Messier 106, known for its strange spiral arms, located 23 million light years away.
Ken Christison caught Mercury in the east before dawn this week. He couldn’t see it with the eye that day, but you might see it, if you look. Here’s how.