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View larger. | Starglobe by Paul Wilson Images.
Today's Image | May 25, 2015


Milky Way on a pedestal, by a photographer who loves it …

Hubble Space Telescope image of Proxima Centauri, the closest known star to the sun.  Read more about this image.
Today's Image | May 24, 2015

Proxima Centauri, our sun’s nearest neighbor

Proxima Centauri, one of three stars in the Alpha Centauri system, is our sun’s nearest known neighbor among the stars. It’s 4.22 light-years away.

Today's Image | May 23, 2015

Two owls

Looks like screech owls like to snuggle, too.

Very young moon on May 19, 2015 by Mohamad Fadzli in Malaysia
Today's Image | May 20, 2015

See it! Best photos of moon, Venus, Jupiter

Photos from EarthSky community of the young moon, and bright planets Venus and Jupiter on these May evenings, 2015. Watch for them in the west!

Mountain shadow on clouds, in Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands, by Roberto Porto.
Today's Image | May 17, 2015

Mountain shadow on clouds

Tenerife in the Canary Islands is one of the best places in the world to look up. Here’s the shadow of Roque del Conde, a landmark mountain there, cast on clouds.

Today's Image | May 16, 2015

Watch a moon shadow on Jupiter

This composite represents an hour of Jupiter-watching. Watch a moon shadow on Jupiter’s face, and see how far the Great Red Spot moves in that time.

Rainbow above a whale in Monterey Bay.  Photo by William Drumm via Oceana
Today's Image | May 14, 2015

Whale rainbows

I didn’t know whales could produce their own rainbows, but … they can.

View larger. | Milky Way against a bright Moon at Mount Bromo during the peak of Eta Aquarid meteor shower, by Justin Ng of Singapore.
Today's Image | May 14, 2015

Milky Way against a bright moon

Even in bright moonlight, astrophotographer Justin Ng captures amazing shots of the Milky Way. Here’s one from May 6, during the peak of a meteor shower.

Today's Image | May 13, 2015

Sea haar and clouds meet

Here’s a sea fog, called a haar in Scotland. They occur on the east coast of England or Scotland in spring and summer, when warm air passes over the North Sea.

View larger. | Photo taken November 25, 2014 by Juan Manuel Pérez Rayego in Serena, Spain.
Today's Image | May 12, 2015

Unusual rainbow over Spain

Remember the quadruple rainbow image that went viral last month? Here’s an even more unusual rainbow, caused by the wave nature of light.

Today's Image | May 11, 2015

Eta Aquarid meteors from Atacama desert

The 2015 Eta Aquarid meteor shower was drowned in bright moonlight. Still, Yuri Beletsky in Chile captured enough meteors to create this beautiful composite.

Today's Image | May 10, 2015

Large sunspot group AR 2339

After a period of few to no spots, a large sunspot group emerged on May 5. It has already produced an X-flare!

View larger. | Mammatus clouds at sunset submitted by Andrew Ashton in Nampa, Idaho.  Thanks, Andrew!
Today's Image | May 08, 2015

Mammatus clouds at sunset, over Idaho

Mammatus clouds can appear ominous. But, in a way that’s so common in nature, their dangerous aspect goes hand in hand with a magnificent beauty.

View larger. | Photo by Goran Strand
Today's Image | May 07, 2015

Sun and moon halo

Composite image of a halo around the sun and, within 10 hours, a nearly full moon.

Nugget Point by Landscapes~Rob Dickinson of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Today's Image | May 06, 2015

Nugget Point in New Zealand

“Sometimes you know you are in the right place at the right time. That you are doing what you are meant to be doing. That it all comes together and your heart sings.”

Photo by John Ashley.
Today's Image | May 05, 2015

What bird song looks like at dawn

A meadowlark sings as dawn breaks at the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Montana.

Volcanic sunset on May 3, 2015 at 5:46 p.m. in Mutare, Zimbabwe.  Photo by Peter Lowenstein.
Today's Image | May 03, 2015

Aerosols from Chile’s Calbuco volcano reach Africa

The aerosols from the eruption of Calbuco volcano in Chile caused vivid sunsets in South America last week. Now they’ve crossed the South Atlantic, to Africa.

Crescent comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko 
Image via APOD/ ESA, Rosetta, NAVCAM/ processing by Giuseppe Conzo.
Today's Image | May 03, 2015

Crescent comet

The co-orbit around the sun of the Rosetta spacecraft and Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko lets the spacecraft see the comet, at times, in a crescent phase.

The image is located within the floor of the 93-kilometer-diameter crater Jokai. The spacecraft struck the planet just north of Shakespeare basin.
Today's Image | Apr 30, 2015

MESSENGER’s final image from Mercury

A last image from the MESSENGER spacecraft before crashing onto Mercury’s surface on Thursday. So long, MESSENGER, and thank you.

View larger. | Mercury and the Pleiades on April 29, 2015 by Jack Webb.
Today's Image | Apr 30, 2015

Mercury and the Pleiades

The elusive planet Mercury and the lovely Seven Sisters are low in the west after sunset now. Watch for them.

Photo taken April 16, 2015 by Amit Kamble in New Zealand.
Today's Image | Apr 29, 2015

Save me from light

An astrophotographer’s lament, from the Muriwai hilltops in New Zealand.