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View larger. | Shreenivasan Manievannan calls this photo Malibu Stargazer.
Today's Image | Mar 27, 2015

Malibu stargazer

We’re getting many comments this month about the return of the Milky Way for late night and early morning stargazers.

Today's Image | Mar 26, 2015

Total solar eclipse at 35,000 feet

We’ve seen some wonderful photos of sky events taken from airplane windows. This one is really dramatic.

Photos taken in March 2015 by Abhijit Juvekar in Dombai, India.
Today's Image | Mar 25, 2015

Sunsets are moving north

Here’s what happens if you take a photo of the sun each day at sunset, for several days in a row. You can see the sun’s northward motion along your horizon.

Photo by Jeff Berkes Photography.  Visit him on Facebook.
Today's Image | Mar 24, 2015

Meteor season ahead!

Mount Rainier, the Milky Way and a Perseid meteor! Plus a look forward to April’s Lyrid meteor shower.

Anthony Lynch posted this whimsical shot of the March 22 moon and Venus at EarthSky Facebook.
Today's Image | Mar 23, 2015

See it! Venus, Mars, moon March 21-22, 2015

EarthSky community photos of dazzling planet Venus and the moon – with fainter Mars nearby – on the nights of March 21 and 22, 2015.

Equinoxes and solstices, via Geosync
Today's Image | Mar 20, 2015

Another seasonal signpost

Earth’s tilt on its axis causes the seasons. The tilt causes the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to trade places, in receiving the sun’s rays most directly.

A 2006 total solar eclipse as captured by eclipse master Fred Espenak.
Today's Image | Mar 19, 2015

What eclipse-watching looks like

Eclipse fans have gone to the Faroe Islands and Svalbard archipelago – in the North Atlantic – to watch the March 20, 2015 total eclipse of the sun.

Wesley Liikane - Cowboy with a Camera - wrote: "I woke up yesterday and checked the Aurora Alerts by SoftServe News and noticed that the aurora level was at 8kp+ and yet the day had only just begun. Waiting for the night, that came ever so slowly, I check back and forth between weather, clear sky charts and aurora forecast. I was hoping the aurora activity would stay through to the night and that the skies would stay clear. Finally I made it out the door, the sun was starting to set, with the sky starting to darken and I would see the light, lady aurora. She was dancing through the the clouds and allowing the true colours of St. Patrick;s Day to shine on us."  Used with permission.
Today's Image | Mar 18, 2015

Awesome St. Paddy’s Day aurora!

Photos from the EarthSky community of the March 17, 2015 aurora.

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a view of the snow-capped summit on March 10, 2015   Image via NASA Earth Observatory and Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Today's Image | Mar 17, 2015

It’s been snowing in Hawaii

Check out this early March 2015 Landsat image of snowfall on Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s highest point.

Unprocessed version of a frozen bubble by Jocelyne Dupuis.
Today's Image | Mar 15, 2015

Frozen bubble

Jocelyne Dupuis in Canada took advantage of the recent freezing weather to capture this cool image of a frozen soap bubble. Thanks, Jocelyne!

Peter Lowenstein captured this image of straight lightning on February 15, 2015.
Today's Image | Mar 11, 2015

Rare straight lightning over Zimbabwe

No zig-zagging. No branching. A lightning expert said this single, straight bolt of lightning was extremely rare …

View larger. | Antares and part of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex by Navaneeth Unnikrishnan.  Visit Navaneeth on Facebook.
Today's Image | Mar 10, 2015

Saturn, Antares and the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex

A bright star, a planet, various kinds of nebulae in space, and a word about the birth and death of stars.

Photo credit: Mike Taylor
Today's Image | Mar 08, 2015

March sunset in Maine

It’s not spring yet! March 5 sunset in Unity, Maine.

Photo credit: Matt Burt
Today's Image | Mar 06, 2015

Moonrise over Gunnison

The full Worm Moon rising over Gunnison, Colorado on Thursday night. Photo by Matt Burt.

A dust devil on Mars.
Today's Image | Mar 05, 2015

Towering dust devil on Mars

Dust devils on Mars can be some 10 times larger than any tornado on Earth. They’re a Martian version of extreme weather.

October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse composite by Michele Whitlow.
Today's Image | Mar 04, 2015

Composites of October 8 moon eclipse

As the April 4 lunar eclipse approaches … some interesting composites from the last lunar eclipse.

The little white dot near the moon here is Jupiter.  Photo by Masaaki Shibuya.
Today's Image | Mar 03, 2015

Moonlit night of plum blossoms, and other great moon and Jupiter photos

Beautiful photos of the March 2, 2015 moon and Jupiter. Our thanks to all who posted at EarthSky Facebook and G+, and submitted directly to EarthSky.org.

View larger. | Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower @ 40,000 ft by Colin Legg Photography
Today's Image | Feb 28, 2015

Meteor shower at 40,000 feet

Another good reason to grab that window seat! Colin Legg captured this great photo of a meteor shower, seen from an airplane window.

View larger. | Meteor at Sandy Point, Maine by Mike Taylor Photo
Today's Image | Feb 27, 2015

Fireball at Sandy Point, Maine

Two photographers – Mike Taylor and Sonia MacNeil of Mike Taylor Photo – caught a bright meteor, or fireball, from an icy beach.

When the moon occulted - over covered over - the planet Venus on June 17, 2007.  Photo by Alfons Gabel.
Today's Image | Feb 25, 2015

When the daytime moon covers Venus

Beautiful time-sequenced images from 2007, when the daytime moon covered the brightest planet, Venus.

View larger. | Orion Molecular Cloud Complex -  a large group of bright nebulae, dark clouds, and young stars located in the constellation of Orion - as captured by Max Corneau in Texas.  Thank you, Max!
Today's Image | Feb 24, 2015

Barnard’s Loop and more in Orion

Orion the Hunter of one of the brightest and easiest-to-find constellations. Orion also contains a vast region of bright and dark clouds, hidden to the eye.