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The arrows through the planets show their motion over 5 days, relative to the starry background.
Today's Image | Feb 13, 2016

Venus Valentina

Venus tried to kiss Mercury, but Mercury got away.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of cloud streets and sea ice in the Sea of Okhotsk on Feb. 8, 2016.  Image via NASA/ LANCE/EOSDI.
Today's Image | Feb 13, 2016

Sea ice and cloud streets in Sea of Okhotsk

Cloud streets are long rows of cumulus clouds, oriented parallel to the direction of the wind.

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Today's Image | Feb 11, 2016

Young moon in evening sky

After storms and high winds in England, France and Germany this week, a moment of serenity with a crescent moon.

In Chinese tradition, the 3 belt stars of Orion represent 3 gods.
Today's Image | Feb 10, 2016

Orion and the Chinese New Year

“When the three stars of Orion shine highly at the southern sky after sunset, that means it’s time for the spring festival.”

View larger. | Taken February 6, 2016 at the Alexander Suffield Wildlife Management Area in Connecticut.  Photo by Sharon Killips.
Today's Image | Feb 09, 2016

Frost, fog and sunrise

Worth the cold trek, said Sharon Killips Alexander in Connecticut.

Photo taken February 7, 2016 by John Ashley
Today's Image | Feb 08, 2016

Old moon over Kitt Peak

Founded in 1958 – on a mountaintop in Arizona – this observatory operates its own 3 telescopes and hosts 24 others.

The Red Rectangle Nebula, via ESA
Today's Image | Feb 07, 2016

Red Rectangle’s unearthly beauty

A Hubble Space Telescope image of the mysterious Red Rectangle Nebula.

A photo of the modern owl butterfly (Caligo Memnon) shown below a fossilized Kalligrammatid lacewing (Oregramma illecebrosa) shows some of the convergent features independently evolved by the two distantly-related insects, including wing eyespots and wing scales. Image via James Di Loreto / Smithsonian
Today's Image | Feb 06, 2016

Fossilized lacewing butterfly

A record etched in rock from 120 million years ago shows the fragile beauty of an ancient butterfly-like insect.

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Today's Image | Feb 05, 2016

See it! All 5 bright planets at once

Best photos from the EarthSky community of the 5 bright planets now visible at once in the sky before dawn. Thanks to all who posted!

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Today's Image | Feb 03, 2016

Wow! Nacreous clouds over UK this week

Nacreous clouds – also called mother-of-pearl clouds – are putting on a show in the UK this week. Check out these photos from the EarthSky community.

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Today's Image | Jan 30, 2016

ISS and planets over New Mexico

“Excited to see there’d be a high, long ISS pass over the 5 planets. In the end I could only see 4 planets, due to the cloud cover, but still very happy with the shot.”

Photo by Sergio Emilio Montúfar Codoñer of Argentina who runs the popular Facebook page MilkyWayAddicted.
Today's Image | Jan 28, 2016

Corona around the moon

These colorful rings of a lunar corona appear when we see the moon through a very thin cloud of similarly-sized water droplets.

Star trails over the Forbidden City, by Jeff Dai
Today's Image | Jan 26, 2016

Star trails over Forbidden City, Beijing

Below, the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, former home of the Chinese emperor and a center of Chinese government. Above, the Forbidden City’s sky counterpart.

The Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the blizzard at 2:15 a.m. EST on Jan. 23, 2016.
Today's Image | Jan 24, 2016

Blizzard by moonlight

This weekend’s full moon illuminated the raging blizzard on the U.S. East Coast. A satellite caught the view from above.

Hurricane Alex as seen on January 14, 2016, by the the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. Image via NASA Earth Observatory.
Today's Image | Jan 23, 2016

Winter hurricane in North Atlantic

Alex was the earliest hurricane in the North Atlantic since 1938 and the fourth January hurricane in 150 years of record-keeping.

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Today's Image | Jan 22, 2016

Selfie with a drone

What do you call a selfie acquired with a drone? A “dronie,” says Manish Mamtani Photography.

View larger. | Angela Dobbs caught this unusual sunset in Austin, Texas on January 8, 2016.
Today's Image | Jan 21, 2016

Pollen sunset

Ever seen a sunset like this one? It was caught in Austin, Texas, a city that residents fondly – or not so fondly – call “the allergy capital of the world.”

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Today's Image | Jan 21, 2016

Best photos of Comet Catalina

Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) has been a wonderful target for photographers. See photos of this icy visitor from the depths of space, here. Thanks to all who submitted!

Photo by Greg Hogan in Kathleen, Georgia
Today's Image | Jan 20, 2016

See it! Moon hides bright star Aldebaran

As seen from North America – and westernmost Europe and Africa – moon swept in front of bright star Aldebaran last night. Photos from the EarthSky community here.

View larger. | Photo by Joe Randall of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Today's Image | Jan 16, 2016

Light pillar over Colorado Rockies

Light pillar extending up from a lighted tourist attraction, hidden behind a ridge.

View larger. | Photo by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe, January 11, 2016.
Today's Image | Jan 15, 2016

Birdlike cloud over Zimbabwe

Seeing recognizable patterns in unrelated objects is called pareidolia. People love it. Here’s a sunset cloud in the shape of a bird, over Africa.