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View larger. | Looking in the direction to the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Photo by Max Corneau
Today's Image | Aug 04, 2015

Looking toward the Milky Way’s center

“We are like grains of sand on a beach looking out in wonderment on a vast ocean … ” – Max Corneau

Darla Young in Arkansas said she was ... 
"out photographing the Blue Moon and captured myself a meteor ... A Perseid perhaps?"
Today's Image | Aug 02, 2015

It’s meteor season!

Meteor season 2015 is underway, with several showers doing on now and the Perseids gearing up for a great show in a moon-free sky in mid-August. We’ll be posting your photos on this page throughout the coming month.

Today's Image | Jul 30, 2015

Comet Tempel 1 and Deep Impact

An artist’s concept – and a real photo – from the first-ever impact from an earthly space probe onto the surface of a comet.

View larger. | Visit Fotograf Goran Strand on Facebook.
Today's Image | Jul 29, 2015

Solar halo over Sweden

Halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting high above our heads. The clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals, which both refract (split) and also reflect sunlight.

View larger. | Saturn's moon Tethys, as captured by the Cassini spacecraft on May 9, 2015 at a distance of approximately 186,000 miles (300,000 km) from Tethys. Ultraviolet, green and infrared spectral filters were combined to create this color view. North on Tethys (660 miles or 1,062 km across) is up in this view.  Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Today's Image | Jul 28, 2015

Bright basin on Tethys

After so many amazing images of Pluto and Charon, it’s time to remember some other fascinating worlds within our solar system. Here is Saturn’s moon, Tethys …

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Today's Image | Jul 25, 2015

First-ever look at Pluto’s night side

New image just released! A stunning snapshot of Pluto’s night side. The halo is from sunlight shining through the dwarf planet’s hazy atmosphere.

Today's Image | Jul 24, 2015

Best photos of the comet

Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is easiest to catch in binoculars from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere. Many have captured dazzling photos of the comet.

Double red rainbow on July 21, 2015 by Steve Lacy, near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Today's Image | Jul 23, 2015

Double red rainbow over New Mexico

It’s rare to see a red rainbow. Sky conditions have to be just right, and the timing has to be right. If you do see one, you’ll never forget it.

Lightning over Vermont, July 19, 2015, by John Vose.  Visit him at Jericho Hills Photography.
Today's Image | Jul 22, 2015

Lightning over Jenne Farm in Vermont

This farm in Vermont has made an appearance on posters, notecards, calendars, magazine covers, and in movies such as Forrest Gump.

Today's Image | Jul 19, 2015

See it! Moon, Venus, Jupiter, comet

What a glorious western twilight sky on the nights of July 17 and 18, 2015! Waxing moon, brightest planets, and Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS).

C2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Colin Legg 7-15-2015-sq
Today's Image | Jul 16, 2015

Comet appears briefly for Southern Hemisphere

It’s setting soon after the sun, but it’s in the same part of the sky as this weekend’s spectacular display of the moon, Venus and Jupiter.

Here is another nice telescopic view of planet Venus, as seen on July 5, 2015 from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico by Efraín Morales of Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe.

(12" S/C Telescope)
Today's Image | Jul 15, 2015

Waning crescent Venus

Venus orbits the sun one step inward from Earth. It’ll pass between us and the sun in mid-August. Until then, telescopes will show Venus as a waning crescent.

View larger. | The last best look at Pluto's farside, captured by the New Horizons spacecraft on July 11, 2015, from a distance of 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers). Photo via NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI
Today's Image | Jul 14, 2015

Last best look at Pluto’s farside

A cool New Horizons image of the side of Pluto the spacecraft won’t see as it sweeps past. Likely our last, best look for decades to come!

Photo taken July 6, 2015 by John Solvie near Las Vegas, Nevada.
Today's Image | Jul 11, 2015

Rainbow over the desert

After a summertime desert shower …

Today's Image | Jul 10, 2015

Noctilucent clouds and rising moon

These clouds – sometimes called night-shining clouds – are thought to be made of ice crystals that form on fine dust particles from meteors.

Xristos X. Paravalos Photography posted this photo at EarthSky Facebook on July 7, 2015.  It's Venus and Jupiter over the Saronic Gulf, Anavissos, Greece.
Today's Image | Jul 08, 2015

Best photos: Venus and Jupiter after sunset

People around the world are capturing the very bright planets Venus and Jupiter as they draw closer in the west after sunset this month.

Today's Image | Jul 07, 2015

Milky Way over Maine lighthouse

The Milky Way over the Atlantic at the Pemaquid Point lighthouse in Bristol, Maine.

Today's Image | Jul 05, 2015

Dawn’s early light

Beautiful July dawn in northeast Alaska’s Thompson Pass.

This galactic fireworks display is taking place in Messier 106, a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way. This galaxy is famous for its two extra spiral arms that glow in X-ray, optical, and radio light. These extra spiral arms aren't aligned with the plane of the galaxy.  Instead, they intersect it.
Today's Image | Jul 04, 2015

Galactic fireworks

Here’s a composite image of Messier 106, known for its strange spiral arms, located 23 million light years away.

Today's Image | Jul 02, 2015

Mercury and more before dawn

Ken Christison caught Mercury in the east before dawn this week. He couldn’t see it with the eye that day, but you might see it, if you look. Here’s how.

View larger. | Nikolaos Pantazis wrote: "Every year, on the days around summer solstice, the setting sun aligns with that rock, near the village of Platanos, Peloponnese, Greece."
Today's Image | Jun 27, 2015

Sunset over Greece

A beautiful sunset on one of the long days of summer.