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Photo by Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona.

Orionid meteor in moonlight

Eliot Herman had 2 things working against him when he caught this photo. The moon was bright, and it was the night after the shower’s peak. But the result is beautiful.

Don't let these beautiful crepuscular rays blind you to the little dot that is Venus, near the top of the photo by Peter Lowenstein. Photo taken October 23, 2016 in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Have you seen Venus?

Venus is the brightest planet, 3rd-brightest object in our sky after the sun and moon. You can’t miss it in the west after sunset.


If we could see Mars in ultraviolet …

We’d see how winds circulate at high altitudes, and how ozone amounts change over the seasons, and how afternoon clouds form over giant Martian volcanoes. Images here.


Setting supermoon

Every full moon sets around dawn. Watch how much how much the sky brightened in the 3 minutes it took for the moon to disappear.


The ghost of Loulouda

Manolis Thravalos caught this Brocken Spectre recently while mountain-climbing in Greece, near a medieval castle. A chilling experience, he said. Here’s why.


See it! Super Hunter’s Moon 2016

Many captured the full Hunter’s Moon last night. It was also the 1st of 3 supermoons in 2016.  Thanks to all who contributed!

Photo taken October 12, 2016 by Zefri Besar.

Mars and the Teapot

Modern stargazers have a hard time seeing a Centaur in the constellation Sagittarius. But the pattern of The Teapot is easy to make out.

Photo via Karthik Easvur.

The graceful arc of the ecliptic

The ecliptic is the path of the sun across our sky, and also of the moon and planets. This photo illustrates it beautifully.


Mercury and Jupiter before dawn

A lucky few caught the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction this week, because these worlds are so near the sunrise. Thank you to all who contributed!

Photo captured on October 4, 2016 by Jeff Dai.

Dueling lights

Milky Way vs. zodiacal light! Captured over beautiful Yamdrok Lake in Tibet.


Draconid meteors in 2016

“The Draconids passed by, and although it wasn’t spectacular, I was able to catch a few shooting stars, before everything drowned in clouds.”


Aurora over Glacier National Park

Mesmerizing video of northern lights, resulting from storms on the sun that send charged particles across space, to interact with Earth’s magnetic field.

Dave Markel captured this proton arc near Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, on September 28, 2016.

Rare proton arc over Canada

We see lots of photos here at EarthSky, but few photos of a proton arc. It’s a rare type of aurora, and experts aren’t entirely sure what causes it.


Moon passes Venus, October 2016

Nighttime’s 2 brightest objects, near each other! Photos from around the world, here.

Image via Jüri Voit?

Goodbye September

Jüri Voit saw this rainbow yesterday, the last day of September, in Estonia.


Star party ahead

At a star party, amateur astronomers with telescopes will show you the night sky.

Via ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA.

Rosetta spacecraft selfie with comet

An otherworldly take on an earthly trend, as Rosetta posed with its comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, in 2014.


Meteor over Hidden Lake, Montana

The road into the heart of Glacier National Park in Montana is called Going-to-the-Sun Road. Here’s a night sky photo over the park’s Hidden Lake.


Star trails at Giant Magellan Telescope site

When completed in 2025, the Giant Magellan super-scope in Chile is expected to have a resolving power 10 times that of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Image via Matt Skinner | Lights Out Photography

In Alaska, at summer’s end

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, autumn begins today.