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Today's Image | Sep 17, 2014

Polar mesospheric clouds over the Ukraine

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, flying at 350 kilometers (220 miles) up, are ideally placed to observe elusive polar mesospheric clouds.

Hurricane Odile on September 14 via Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response.
Today's Image | Sep 16, 2014

Hurricane Odile

Hurricane Odile tied Olivia (1967) as the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Baja California in the satellite era.

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Today's Image | Sep 15, 2014

Mars moon Phobos in front of sun on August 8

The Curiosity rover on the floor of the Gale Crater caught this image of Mars’ larger moon Phobos passing in front of the sun on August 8, 2014.

Photo credit: Kenneth G. Smith
Today's Image | Sep 14, 2014

Anticrepuscular rays in a Texas sky

Next time you see crepuscular rays extending from a sunset … turn around. Look opposite the the sun. You might catch a glimpse of elusive anticrepuscular rays.

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Today's Image | Sep 13, 2014

Favorite photos of September 12 aurora

Two powerful storms on the sun this week resulted in beautiful displays of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, that dipped down as far as the northern U.S.

The moon before, during and after the crest of the moon's full moon, September 2014, by Pete Miramontes
Today's Image | Sep 11, 2014

Harvest Moon trilogy

This past full moon was the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon, known for appearing entirely or nearly full for several nights in a row.

A beautiful self-portrait by Kurt Harvey.   Visit Kurt on Google+.
Today's Image | Sep 10, 2014

Home is behind, the world ahead

A mesmerizing view down a long, straight stretch of road, with a wild sky above.

Super Harvest Moon 2014 by Annie Lewis
Today's Image | Sep 09, 2014

Shine on Harvest Moon!

In case you missed it! Photos of the 2014 Harvest Moon from EarthSky friends.

Photo credit: Lars Leber Photography
Today's Image | Sep 08, 2014

Milky Way and moonset

Reflections of the moon and the Milky way in a pond atop Independence Pass in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

Campfire under the Milky Way galaxy by Justin Ng.
Today's Image | Sep 07, 2014

Campfire under Milky Way at Mount Bromo

Astrophotographer Justin Ng has just returned from Mount Bromo. Here’s what a night on an active volcano in Indonesia looks like.

View larger. | The International Space Station crosses the face of the moon on September 3, 2014.  Photo by Colin Legg.  Visit Colin Legg Photography on Facebook.
Today's Image | Sep 05, 2014

ISS crosses the moon’s face

A composite of 1/2-second of time when two objects in space converged. ISS is at 300 kilometers and the moon is at 384,000 kilometers away.

Contemplating the sunset on the Philippine island of Leyte.  Photo by Abie Oquias Baybay.
Today's Image | Sep 04, 2014

Filipino sunset

The Republic of the Philippines in Southeast Asia – in the western Pacific Ocean – consists of 7,107 islands.

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Today's Image | Sep 03, 2014

Milky Way over Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

Arecibo Observatory’s 1,000-foot (305-meter) radio telescope is the world’s largest single-aperture telescope.

Photo credit: Tom Wildoner
Today's Image | Sep 02, 2014

Andromeda Galaxy

Beautiful shot of M31 – closest large spiral galaxy to our Milky Way – by our friend Tom Wildoner.

Marco Mereu in Italy caught the moon, Saturn and Mars on August 31, 2014.
Today's Image | Sep 01, 2014

Fav photos of August 31 moon, Saturn and Mars

Did you see the moon near the planets Saturn and Mars Sunday evening? Thanks to all EarthSky friends who captured and shared these beautiful images.

Photo credit: Göran Strand
Today's Image | Aug 29, 2014

Purple aurora

Very beautiful aurora over Östersund, Sweden. We love aurora season!

Photo credit: Maranatha.it Photography
Today's Image | Aug 28, 2014

Sea clouds at sunset

Isn’t this gorgeous? Clouds at sunset over Italy’s Ligurian Sea by Maranatha.it Photography.

Milky Way over Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, by Mike Taylor.  View more at Mike Taylor Photo
Today's Image | Aug 26, 2014

Milky Way over Utah, and a moonlit blue hour

A crescent moon – just set below high, hardened sand dunes in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah – creates a kind of “blue hour” glow in the sky.

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Today's Image | Aug 24, 2014

Moon, Jupiter, Venus over Hong Kong

It was a glorious weekend for planet-watching. The moon waned and appeared lower in the east before dawn each day, sweeping past Venus and Jupiter.

Photo © 2014 Tor-Ivar Næss
Today's Image | Aug 23, 2014

Aurora and reflection

In honor of the return of aurora season to Earth’s northerly latitudes, here’s the aurora borealis – northern lights – above Norway’s Lyngen Alps.

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Today's Image | Aug 20, 2014

August 19 aurora from space and Earth

One of the first auroras of the 2014 autumn season appeared last night at northerly latitudes. Astronaut Reid Wiseman caught it from space. Photographer Göran Strand caught it from Sweden.