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Today's Image | Apr 17, 2015

Skyglow: Imagine starry nights over cities

What Los Angeles would look like if you could see the night sky wheeling overhead.

SpaceX Falcon 9's attempted landing on sea-going barge, April 14, 2015.
Today's Image | Apr 14, 2015

Falcon 9 hit target, but tipped over

“Looks like Falcon landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over post landing.” – SpaceX founder Elon Musk

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Today's Image | Apr 14, 2015

Saturn storm of 2011: Best images

The head of a storm on Saturn is as big as Earth!

Venus and Pleiades on April 9, 2015, courtesy of our Facebook friend, Stephen Rahn.
Today's Image | Apr 12, 2015

Favorite photos of Venus and the Pleiades!

In the coming nights, look west after sunset as brilliant Venus moves past the lovely Pleiades star cluster. Waiting for nightfall? Enjoy these photos!

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Today's Image | Apr 09, 2015

On the Star Walk trail

Orion, the Hyades and the Pleiades along the Grossmugl Star Walk in Austria, only hours before the April 4 total lunar eclipse. See bright Venus on the right!

Saturn's moon Iapetus, imaged by the Cassini spacecraft on March 27, 2015.  Image via NASA / JPL / ESA Cassini spacecraft.
Today's Image | Apr 08, 2015

Saturn’s two-faced moon Iapetus

This isn’t the day and night side of Iapetus. It’s the day side, a nearly full-on view. The two sides of this moon of Saturn have very different brightnesses.

Spring bud, 2015, from our friend Daniela Claudia G in Burcharest.
Science Wire | Apr 07, 2015

Signs of spring! Have a look …

No matter what the weather where you are, enjoy these photos from EarthSky friends on Facebook and G+.

An eclipse of the sun by Earth.  This fascinating view was created when the Earth moved directly between the sun and the Apollo 12 spacecraft, as it returned from the moon in November, 1969.  Read more about this photo.
Today's Image | Apr 06, 2015

Solar eclipses caused by Earth

Don’t miss these images of eclipses of the sun caused by Earth, taken by various spacecraft on the moon, orbiting the moon, or returning from the moon.

Jim Hatcher wrote, "What a great lunar event!  Weather was perfect here in San Diego.  We enjoyed just watching  the eclipse taking place.  It seems it was not exactly quite full."  It's true that - despite the fact that this ecipse turned the moon red - some astronomers are still debating whether the eclipse was total.
Today's Image | Apr 04, 2015

See it! April 4, 2015 total eclipse of the moon

Thanks to all who posted at EarthSky Facebook and G+, and to all who submitted directly to EarthSky.org!

Photo by Amit Kamble in Auckland, New Zealand
Today's Image | Apr 02, 2015

Airglow, bioluminescence, Milky Way rising

This photo has it all! It’s a beautiful capture from Amit Kamble in New Zealand. Read his description below.

Tonight's sunset and moonrise - September 19, 2013 - as seen by EarthSky Facebook friend Andy Somers in Noumea, New Caledonia.  One of the characteristics of the Harvest Moon is that it rises around the time of sunset for several evenings in a row.  Thank you, Andy.
Today's Image | Apr 01, 2015

Eclipsed moon and sun together this Saturday?

Who will see a selenelion – the eclipsed moon and sun in the sky simultaneously – for the April 4, 2015 total eclipse of the moon? Charts and info here.

View larger. | Photo by Peter Lowenstein.
Today's Image | Mar 31, 2015

Striped sunrises and the shadows they cast

Two photos by Peter Lowenstein. One shows a sunrise striped with cloud, and the other shows the shadow from a cloud-striped sunrise on a nearby mountain slope.

Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft launch on March 27, 2015
Today's Image | Mar 29, 2015

One-year crew lift-off success

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend a year aboard the International Space Station.

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.

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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.