Gorgeous photo of one of the most beautiful beaches in the Pacific Northwest.
New Hubble Space Telescope image of a planetary nebula, created by two aging stars that have shucked off their outer layers, but still orbit each other.
Animation of the planet Venus, now returning to the east before dawn. The animation shows Venus in the morning sky from August 2015 through March 2016.
This face-on spiral galaxy – Messier 33 aka M33 – is the second-closest spiral to our Milky Way at 3 million light-years away.
This glowing bubble is the Southern Owl Nebula – the remnants of a dying star.
The night of August 17, around 2:30 a.m. in the Adirondacks region of New York. Photo by Jennifer Khordi Thank you Jennifer!
The young moon and the planet Mercury adorn the western twilight after sunset on August 16.
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony ” – Thomas Merton
Milky Way rising over the Paint Mines Interpretive Park near Calhan, Colorado. Photo by John Skiba.
Have you seen Perseid meteors in your sky? If you have had cloudy skies – or even if not – enjoy these images from all around the world.
A series of photos of Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and the star Regulus in the western evening dusk, August 3-8, by Peter Lowenstein.
Photo created using a ladder, a macro lens and nature’s sunlight.
“The sky and the strong wind have moved the spirit inside me till I am carried away trembling with joy.” ~Uvavnuk
This is the fully illuminated far side – sometimes mistakenly called the dark side – of the moon. A satellite caught this view last month.
Peter Lowenstein in Zimbabwe – who has contributed many amazing photos to EarthSky – offers what might be your final glimpse of the planets after sunset.
“We are like grains of sand on a beach looking out in wonderment on a vast ocean … ” – Max Corneau
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.