Milky Way on a pedestal, by a photographer who loves it …
Proxima Centauri, one of three stars in the Alpha Centauri system, is our sun’s nearest known neighbor among the stars. It’s 4.22 light-years away.
Photos from EarthSky community of the young moon, and bright planets Venus and Jupiter on these May evenings, 2015. Watch for them in the west!
Tenerife in the Canary Islands is one of the best places in the world to look up. Here’s the shadow of Roque del Conde, a landmark mountain there, cast on clouds.
This composite represents an hour of Jupiter-watching. Watch a moon shadow on Jupiter’s face, and see how far the Great Red Spot moves in that time.
I didn’t know whales could produce their own rainbows, but … they can.
Even in bright moonlight, astrophotographer Justin Ng captures amazing shots of the Milky Way. Here’s one from May 6, during the peak of a meteor shower.
Here’s a sea fog, called a haar in Scotland. They occur on the east coast of England or Scotland in spring and summer, when warm air passes over the North Sea.
Remember the quadruple rainbow image that went viral last month? Here’s an even more unusual rainbow, caused by the wave nature of light.
The 2015 Eta Aquarid meteor shower was drowned in bright moonlight. Still, Yuri Beletsky in Chile captured enough meteors to create this beautiful composite.
After a period of few to no spots, a large sunspot group emerged on May 5. It has already produced an X-flare!
Mammatus clouds can appear ominous. But, in a way that’s so common in nature, their dangerous aspect goes hand in hand with a magnificent beauty.
Composite image of a halo around the sun and, within 10 hours, a nearly full moon.
“Sometimes you know you are in the right place at the right time. That you are doing what you are meant to be doing. That it all comes together and your heart sings.”
A meadowlark sings as dawn breaks at the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Montana.
The aerosols from the eruption of Calbuco volcano in Chile caused vivid sunsets in South America last week. Now they’ve crossed the South Atlantic, to Africa.
The co-orbit around the sun of the Rosetta spacecraft and Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko lets the spacecraft see the comet, at times, in a crescent phase.
A last image from the MESSENGER spacecraft before crashing onto Mercury’s surface on Thursday. So long, MESSENGER, and thank you.
The elusive planet Mercury and the lovely Seven Sisters are low in the west after sunset now. Watch for them.