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Mars and Saturn over the Alps

Mars is the brightest “star” in this image, in the lower right. Saturn is second-brightest, above and to the left of Mars. Plus stars in Scorpius and Ophiuchus.

Image via Tom Wildoner

Dumbbell Nebula

Tom Wildoner got this great shot of the Dumbbell Nebula. Also known as Messier 27, it’s in the constellation Vulpecula, about 1,360 light-years away.


Cosmic flowers, Qinghai Lake, China

“Should there be the same scenery as seen from another place of the Milky Way?”


See it! Perseid meteor photos and videos

The Perseids are declining now, but 2016 brought a great meteor shower for many around the globe. See photos and videos here.

Photo: Katerina Russo

A smile in the sky

Although it looks like an upside-down rainbow, it’s what’s called a circumzenithal arc. Katerina Russo captured this in Italy on August 9.


Moon and Jupiter over Canary Islands

The moon, a planet and a very high volcano.

Photo by Josh Blash

Shelf cloud over New Hampshire

Shelf clouds are what meteorologists call arcus clouds. They’re low, mostly horizontal clouds, usually associated with a thunderstorm’s leading edge.


Photos of this week’s moon and planets

Many in the EarthSky community captured the moon and planets this week. From the sunset horizon up, they are Venus, Mercury and Jupiter!

Solar eruption larger than Earth, released on August 1, 2016 by ESA.

Solar eruption larger than Earth

Here is gas arching up from the surface of the sun, sculpted by the sun’s magnetic fields. These great features are called prominences.

Photo by Greg Redfern.

Earth’s shadow, sea and land

Earth’s shadow is a blue-gray line ascending in the east each evening, as the sun sinks below the western horizon. Belt of Venus is a pink line above the shadow.

Venus is brighter, to the right of the building. Mercury is at the top of the frame. Photo taken July 23, 2016 by Helio C. Vital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Venus and Mercury, from Brazil

With the exception of Jupiter, the planets in the west after sunset now aren’t very conspicuous. But they’re lining up for some fun in August!


Telescopes and laser beam, in Hawai’i

A visit to the summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawai’i, where astronomers from 11 countries operate telescopes.

Image via Anthony Lynch Photography

Waiting for the storm

Anthony Lynch said he “waited all night for this storm in Ireland, but it missed us and went across the sea around 3 a.m.”

This week's rising full moon over the Tetons, by Chris Davis.  Thanks, Chris!

Moonrise over the Tetons

The Tetons are part of the Rocky Mountains in North America – mostly in Wyoming – south of Yellowstone National Park.


Rainbow light in the mist, Sweden

What appears to be a corona, possibly caused by water droplets in a mist – or even by pollen – as the sun rises over Sweden.

Image via project nightflight

Interactive 360 degree Milky Way

See the full band of the Milky Way in an interactive full-sphere image taken June 14, 2016 on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands.


Orion before dawn, over Thailand

In January and February, Orion is an evening constellation. But at this time of year, people around the world begin watching for Orion before dawn.

Image via Nair Sankar

Last light at Mauna Kea summit

The sun sinks over the observatory atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano.

Image via Tannerstedt Photography

Fishing hut in Sweden

A little fishing cottage on the Swedish coast beneath the vast Milky Way.

Photo taken July 10, 2016 outside Tucson, Arizona by Eliot Herman.

Earth’s shadow in infrared

“I wasn’t happy with my visible light photos, but Earth’s shadow showed great in IR. The rest was just working out the photo conditions by trial and error.”