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Photo credit: Maranatha.it Photography
Today's Image | Aug 28, 2014

Sea clouds at sunset

Isn’t this gorgeous? Clouds at sunset over Italy’s Ligurian Sea by Maranatha.it Photography.

Milky Way over Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, by Mike Taylor.  View more at Mike Taylor Photo
Today's Image | Aug 26, 2014

Milky Way over Utah, and a moonlit blue hour

A crescent moon – just set below high, hardened sand dunes in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah – creates a kind of “blue hour” glow in the sky.

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Today's Image | Aug 24, 2014

Moon, Jupiter, Venus over Hong Kong

It was a glorious weekend for planet-watching. The moon waned and appeared lower in the east before dawn each day, sweeping past Venus and Jupiter.

Photo © 2014 Tor-Ivar Næss
Today's Image | Aug 23, 2014

Aurora and reflection

In honor of the return of aurora season to Earth’s northerly latitudes, here’s the aurora borealis – northern lights – above Norway’s Lyngen Alps.

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Today's Image | Aug 20, 2014

August 19 aurora from space and Earth

One of the first auroras of the 2014 autumn season appeared last night at northerly latitudes. Astronaut Reid Wiseman caught it from space. Photographer Göran Strand caught it from Sweden.

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Today's Image | Aug 19, 2014

Intense rainbow over Northern Ireland

Glenn Miles sat in his truck and waited out a rainstorm, then captured the most intense rainbow he’d ever seen.

Venus and Jupiter as captured by EarthSky Facebook friend Stefano De Rosa on Isola d'Elba in Italy.
Today's Image | Aug 18, 2014

Great Venus and Jupiter conjunction of 2014

Venus and Jupiter are the brightest planets! Look east before dawn … closest planet-planet conjunction of 2014 August 18. Dazzling near moon August 22 and 23.

Second, the southern half of Orion the Hunter with the three belt blue supergiant stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka visible in the Earth's atmosphere. The blue supergiants Saiph and Rigel.  Below the constellation of Lepus the Hare. To the lower left, the constellation of Canis Major, the Great Dog, with the bight stars, Sirius (the brightest object and one of the closest outside of our solar system), powerful blue giant Mirzam, blue supergiant, Adhara (one of the most powerful stars visible from Earth), the huge immensely powerful yellow supergiant Wezen (another one of the most powerful stars visible from Earth) and the blue supergiant Aludra.
Today's Image | Aug 17, 2014

Awesomeness from the International Space Station

What would it be like to view the Earth and the sky from the vantage point of the International Space Station? These three photos from ISS tell the tale.

Photo credit: Manish Mamtani
Today's Image | Aug 15, 2014

Pemaquid Point lighthouse and Milky Way

The historic Maine lighthouse against the gorgeous backdrop of the Milky Way, by Manish Mamtani Photography.

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Today's Image | Aug 13, 2014

See any Perseids?

Bright supermoon washed out all but the brightest meteors in this year’s Perseid meteor shower. But we do have some nice pics, thanks to you …

August 10 supermoon over Ireland by Damian O'Sullivan.
Today's Image | Aug 11, 2014

Best photos: It was a super supermoon!

The August 10, 2014 supermoon was the closest, brightest supermoon of 2014. Enjoy these photos from friends in the EarthSky community.

Waxing gibbous moon on August 7, 2014, with a portion of a rainbow, by Kimmie Randall
Today's Image | Aug 09, 2014

Waxing toward a supermoon, with rainbow

Kimmie Randall caught this photo of Thursday night’s gibbous moon, waxing toward the supermoon … with a portion of a rainbow. Beautiful!

Photo credit: Ken Snager
Today's Image | Aug 08, 2014

Virga at sunrise

Virga is rain that evaporates before it reaches the ground.

Close-up detail of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded on August 6, 2014. The image shows the comet’s ‘head’ at the left of the frame, which is casting shadow onto the ‘neck’ and ‘body’ to the right.  The image was taken from a distance of 120 km and the image resolution is 2.2 meters per pixel.  Via ESA Rosetta mission image page.
Today's Image | Aug 07, 2014

Rosetta’s rendezvous with a comet

The Rosetta spacecraft has succeessfully completed its historic approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and is now traveling in tandem with the comet.

Mars rover Curiosity's tracks in Mars' "Hidden Valley."  Image via NASA
Today's Image | Aug 06, 2014

Curiosity rover tracks on Mars, August 4, 2014

Today is the second anniversary of the Mars rover Curiosity’s landing inside the Martian Gale Crater on August 5, 2012, PDT (Aug. 6, 2012, EDT).

Photo by Shannon McDowell in July 2014
Today's Image | Aug 03, 2014

Summer storm over Alberta, Canada

On the day Shannon McDowell sent in this photo, Alberta was under a severe thunderstorm threat.

Visualisation of Venus Express during the aerobraking maneuver, which lasted from which lasted from June 18 to July 11.   During this time, the spacecraft was orbiting above Venus' thick atmosphere at an altitude of around 130 km (about 80 miles).
Today's Image | Jul 31, 2014

Spacecraft surfs in and out of Venus atmosphere

ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft spent a month surfing in and out of the atmosphere of Venus, coming so close that atmospheric drag caused the craft to slow down.

View larger. | Photo: T.  Richardsen
Today's Image | Jul 30, 2014

Forest path

A misty forest path … Where does it lead?

Image via NASA / JHU / APL MESSENGER spacecraft
Today's Image | Jul 29, 2014

Super-close views of Mercury

The MESSENGER spacecraft is now dropping closer to Mercury, and long anticipated, super-close views of the planet are beginning to come in.

Matthew Chin in Hong Kong caught this photo of Orion and Taurus on July 26, 2014.
Today's Image | Jul 27, 2014

Orion returns

Orion has been called “the ghost of the shimmering summer dawn.” The Hunter rises on his side, with his three Belt stars pointing straight up.

Perseid fireball by Mike Lewinski
Today's Image | Jul 25, 2014

Best photos 2013 Perseid meteor shower

Many images of the 2013 Perseid meteor shower, posted as meteor season 2014 begins!