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Today's Image | Aug 31, 2015

Ethereal beach

Gorgeous photo of one of the most beautiful beaches in the Pacific Northwest.

View larger. | The Twin Jet Nebula, aka PN M2-9, is what's called a planetary nebula, formed, in this case, when the central object is not a single star, but a binary system, Studies have shown that the nebula’s size increases with time, and measurements of this rate of increase suggest that the stellar outburst that formed the lobes occurred just 1200 years ago.  Image via ESA/Hubble and NASA.
Today's Image | Aug 27, 2015

Twin Jet Nebula

New Hubble Space Telescope image of a planetary nebula, created by two aging stars that have shucked off their outer layers, but still orbit each other.

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Today's Image | Aug 26, 2015

Graceful arc of Venus before dawn

Animation of the planet Venus, now returning to the east before dawn. The animation shows Venus in the morning sky from August 2015 through March 2016.

Image credit: ESO
Today's Image | Aug 25, 2015

Nearby galaxy in Triangulum

This face-on spiral galaxy – Messier 33 aka M33 – is the second-closest spiral to our Milky Way at 3 million light-years away.

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Today's Image | Aug 24, 2015

The survivor

An old tree, in a forest of old trees, in Colorado.

This extraordinary bubble, glowing like the ghost of a star in the haunting darkness of space, may appear supernatural and mysterious, but it is a familiar astronomical object: a planetary nebula, the remnants of a dying star. This is the best view of the little-known object ESO 378-1 yet obtained and was captured by ESO’s Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. Image credit: ESO
Today's Image | Aug 20, 2015

Ghost of a dying star

This glowing bubble is the Southern Owl Nebula – the remnants of a dying star.

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Today's Image | Aug 19, 2015

As summer starts to fade …

The night of August 17, around 2:30 a.m. in the Adirondacks region of New York. Photo by Jennifer Khordi Thank you Jennifer!

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Today's Image | Aug 18, 2015

Young moon and Mercury from Zimbabwe

The young moon and the planet Mercury adorn the western twilight after sunset on August 16.

Photo by Jeff Berkes Photography
Today's Image | Aug 17, 2015

Balanced rocks

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony ” – Thomas Merton

Photo: John Skiba
Today's Image | Aug 14, 2015

Milky Way over Paint Mines

Milky Way rising over the Paint Mines Interpretive Park near Calhan, Colorado. Photo by John Skiba.

View larger. Peter Greig told us, "I saw around a dozen meteors tonight (night of August 10-11) up at Bamburgh. The only one I caught was captured with the first 10 minutes of arriving." Thank you Peter!
Science Wire | Aug 13, 2015

Great Perseid photos here

Have you seen Perseid meteors in your sky? If you have had cloudy skies – or even if not – enjoy these images from all around the world.

View larger. Evening dusk on August 8, 2015. Venus is off to the left. The trio of lights at the right: Mercury at top, Jupiter at bottom and the star Regulus in between. Mercury (unlike Venus, Jupiter and Regulus) is climbing away from the glare of sunset, to present its best evening apparition of the year for the Southern Hemisphere in August and September 2015. View planet animation August 3-8
Today's Image | Aug 13, 2015

Three planets and star, from Zimbabwe

A series of photos of Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and the star Regulus in the western evening dusk, August 3-8, by Peter Lowenstein.

Photo by Donna Severson of Plum Wild Photography in Aloha, Oregon.
Today's Image | Aug 10, 2015

Artichoke in bloom

Photo created using a ladder, a macro lens and nature’s sunlight.

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Today's Image | Aug 07, 2015

Cloud over Mono Craters in California

“The sky and the strong wind have moved the spirit inside me till I am carried away trembling with joy.” ~Uvavnuk

Still image of July, 2015 capture by DSCOVR satellite of moon and Earth.
Today's Image | Aug 05, 2015

Satellite catches moon crossing Earth

This is the fully illuminated far side – sometimes mistakenly called the dark side – of the moon. A satellite caught this view last month.

Venus (brightest), Jupiter and Mercury low in the twilight on August 3, 2015.  Photo by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Today's Image | Aug 04, 2015

Venus, Jupiter, Regulus from Zimbabwe

Peter Lowenstein in Zimbabwe – who has contributed many amazing photos to EarthSky – offers what might be your final glimpse of the planets after sunset.

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

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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.

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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 …

View larger. |Never-before-seen night side of Pluto, seen as New Horizons swept past the planet in July, 2015.
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.