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Meteor over Hidden Lake, Montana

The road into the heart of Glacier National Park in Montana is called Going-to-the-Sun Road. Here’s a night sky photo over the park’s Hidden Lake.


Star trails at Giant Magellan Telescope site

When completed in 2025, the Giant Magellan super-scope in Chile is expected to have a resolving power 10 times that of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Image via Matt Skinner | Lights Out Photography

In Alaska, at summer’s end

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, autumn begins today.

Siberia blanketed in smoke from wildfires, September 20, 2016, 10:10 a.m. local time. Contains Copernicus Sentinel satellite data, processed by ESA.

Wildfires in Siberia

2016 has been a bad year for wildfires in the forests of eastern Russia, too.


Milky Way with moon

The Milky Way is best seen with the eye alone in a moon-free sky, but this photographer caught the Milky Way in moonlight.

Ed Bettina Berg in Las Vegas, Nevada contributed this image of the 2016 Harvest Moon.

Shine on, Harvest Moon!

Photos of 2016’s beautiful Harvest Moon from the EarthSky community.


The kiss

Elephants are known to wrap their trunks around each other, much as humans shake hands or give a hug. They rub their bodies against each other to show affection.

Image via Tommy Richardsen Photography


A quiet moment in northern Norway.

Photo by Stefan R. Nilsson, of Digitalize.se

When the night dies

A beautiful twilight image from a photographer in Sweden.

Photo taken September 9, 2016 by Jean-Baptiste Feldmann.

Star trails over a French castle

The castle of Brochon in Gevrey-Chambertin – in the Burgundy region of eastern France – was built from 1895 to 1898. Photo by Jean-Baptiste Feldmann.


Crazy airglow

Airglow over Acadia National Park earlier this month, as a tropical storm raged in the Atlantic. Can a storm cause airglow? An expert comments.

Image via Richard Hasbrouck

See the horse in this lightning?

Pareidolia is seeing familiar objects or patterns in otherwise random or unrelated objects or patterns … like seeing a horse in lightning.


Mars, Saturn, Antares and the moon

September 8 planets and moon, plus the star Antares. In time-exposure photos like this one, the streaks result from Earth’s spin.

The moon, planet Venus and giants of Easter Island, by Yuri Beletsky Nightscapes.

Moon, Venus and sleeping giants

A wonderful capture of this weekend’s view of the moon and planet Venus, with the famous iconic statues of Easter Island.


Fiery sunset clouds over Zimbabwe

These sunset clouds resemble the real dry season fires going on in Zimbabwe at this time of year.


Venus, Jupiter and the young moon

Photos from the EarthSky community of the fragile young moon sweeping past the sky’s 2 brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, this weekend. Thanks to all who submitted!


Satellite image: After Italy’s earthquake

Satellite images reveal the full extent of destruction following Italy’s earthquake on August 24, 2016. More information and links to the map set here.

Image via Paul Wilson Images NZ

Star trails at Lake Tekapo

Paul Wilson took this photo near Lake Topeko in New Zealand. It looks like Mars!

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A rare sky over northern Idaho

A 22-degree halo and circumzenithal arc, an upper tangent arc and 2 more rare arcs … good day to have a head in the clouds.

Image via John Boydston

Milky Way over Sun Valley, Idaho

John Boydston submitted this beauty shot of the Milky Way and wrote, “Lots of Earth and sky in this one.” For sure! Thanks, John.