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Omega Centauri on March 14, 2016 by Rob Pettengill in Terlingua, Texas.
Today's Image | Apr 27, 2016

Omega Centauri, a ghost galaxy, from a ghost town

Under dark night skies near Big Bend National Park in South Texas, our galaxy’s largest globular star cluster.

Moonrise on April 23, 2016 by Scott Kuhn.
Today's Image | Apr 26, 2016

Holding 2016’s smallest full moon

The farthest full moon, and smallest full moon, on April 22-23, 2016.

The morning planets and the bright star Antares on April 19, 2016. Photo by Tom Wildoner. Visit Tom at LeisurelyScientist.com
Today's Image | Apr 24, 2016

Clouds, moonglow, 2 planets

Mars and Saturn, plus the bright star Antares and other stars in the constellation Scorpius. The bright one is Mars!

Photo taken April 8, 2016 by John Ashley at UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge in central Montana.
Today's Image | Apr 20, 2016

Ferret and stars in Montana

Montana’s rarest native animal, a black-footed ferret, surfaces on a starry night.

Sigrid L Werner in Washington, New Jersey, caught this shot of the moon and Jupiter on April 16.
Today's Image | Apr 19, 2016

See it! Moon sweeps past Jupiter

The moon swept past Jupiter over the past few nights. Check out these photos from the EarthSky community.

You can see a faint tail for Comet 252P/LINEAR in this photo taken April 3, 2016 by Michael Jaeger. Used with permission.
Today's Image | Apr 18, 2016

An inconspicuous comet

Many hoped Comet 252P/LINEAR would become visible to the eye. It has, but only barely. Enjoy photos from the few, the proud, who’ve captured this comet on film!

Rainbow above a whale in Monterey Bay.  Photo by William Drumm via Oceana
Today's Image | Apr 15, 2016

Whale rainbows

Whales are magnificent creatures and … they produce their own rainbows. Photo and video here.

Photo credit: Lynton Brown
Today's Image | Apr 14, 2016

Beautiful, enormous moon halo

Ring around the moon over Horsham, Australia on April 13, 2016. Photo by Lynton Brown.

Alexander Krivenyshev wrote on April 13: "Airplane high above over Manhattan passes in front of the sun with
sunspot AR2529. Pictures were taken from the 25th floor of the apartment ... hard to do as the 25th floor has lots of vibration for the camera!"
Today's Image | Apr 13, 2016

Giant sunspot turns toward Earth

Sun-watchers have had their eye on giant sunspot AR2529. Check out these photos from the EarthSky community. Aurora alert for April 13!

Color-processed view of Opportunity's great dust devil shot, by artist Don Davis.  Read more about this image on Davis' Facebook page.
Today's Image | Apr 12, 2016

Mars rover up high, spies a dust devil

After making the steep-ever climb of any rover on Mars, Opportunity looked back along its own tracks toward a swirling Martian dust devil in the valley below.

Today's Image | Apr 11, 2016

See it! Star Aldebaran near the moon

On Sunday, as seen from North America, the moon “occulted” or passed in front of the star Aldebaran. Many then saw Aldebaran near the moon Sunday evening.

Crab Nebula. Photo by Mark Shelton.
Today's Image | Apr 09, 2016

Crab Nebula

Visible only through telescopes, the Crab Nebula – aka M1 – is all that remains of a cataclysmic supernova explosion that lit the daytime sky in A.D. 1054.

Moon transits in front of the sunlit face of Earth, as seen by the DSCOVR satellite on July 15, 2015.
Today's Image | Apr 07, 2016

Moon in front of Earth

It’s the fully illuminated far side of the moon – the side not visible from Earth – set against the fully illuminated (dayside) of the Earth.

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Today's Image | Apr 06, 2016

Snow goose moon

To our knowledge, Snow Goose Moon isn’t one of the commonly used moon names. But, at least in some parts of the world, it should be.

Today's Image | Apr 05, 2016

Check it out! Full-sphere astrophotos

A new camera records a 360-degree full-sphere panorama with only one single shot. It’s bound to set off a small revolution in astrophotography, says Project Nightflight.

Today's Image | Apr 04, 2016

Don’t miss Jupiter

Jupiter is at its best now, shining brilliantly. You can see it easily, ascending in the east each evening.

Today's Image | Apr 01, 2016

Camping under Orion’s shadow

Orion the Hunter is one of the most noticeable constellations, as seen from around the world. Here’s a shot taken in the Himalayas.

Today's Image | Apr 01, 2016

40,000 feet over Greenland

A clear day over one of the world’s two great ice sheets.

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Today's Image | Mar 31, 2016

Notice the tilt in Saturn’s rings

You can see in this composite by Scott MacNeill that – in the past few years – Saturn’s rings have been appearing increasingly open from our earthly perspective.

Today's Image | Mar 30, 2016

See it! Moon sweeps past Mars and Saturn

Both planets are up after midnight now, but soon will be rising earlier … at their best. Enjoy these photos from the EarthSky community!

Today's Image | Mar 29, 2016

Crepuscular and anti-crepuscular rays

Next time you see crepuscular rays, aka sunrays, turn around. You might be in luck and see anti-crepuscular rays, as Peter Lowenstein did in Mutare, Zimbabwe on Easter Sunday.