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A dust devil on Mars.
Today's Image | Mar 05, 2015

Towering dust devil on Mars

Dust devils on Mars can be some 10 times larger than any tornado on Earth. They’re a Martian version of extreme weather.

October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse composite by Michele Whitlow.
Today's Image | Mar 04, 2015

Composites of October 8 moon eclipse

As the April 4 lunar eclipse approaches … some interesting composites from the last lunar eclipse.

The little white dot near the moon here is Jupiter.  Photo by Masaaki Shibuya.
Today's Image | Mar 03, 2015

Moonlit night of plum blossoms, and other great moon and Jupiter photos

Beautiful photos of the March 2, 2015 moon and Jupiter. Our thanks to all who posted at EarthSky Facebook and G+, and submitted directly to EarthSky.org.

View larger. | Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower @ 40,000 ft by Colin Legg Photography
Today's Image | Feb 28, 2015

Meteor shower at 40,000 feet

Another good reason to grab that window seat! Colin Legg captured this great photo of a meteor shower, seen from an airplane window.

View larger. | Meteor at Sandy Point, Maine by Mike Taylor Photo
Today's Image | Feb 27, 2015

Fireball at Sandy Point, Maine

Two photographers – Mike Taylor and Sonia MacNeil of Mike Taylor Photo – caught a bright meteor, or fireball, from an icy beach.

When the moon occulted - over covered over - the planet Venus on June 17, 2007.  Photo by Alfons Gabel.
Today's Image | Feb 25, 2015

When the daytime moon covers Venus

Beautiful time-sequenced images from 2007, when the daytime moon covered the brightest planet, Venus.

View larger. | Orion Molecular Cloud Complex -  a large group of bright nebulae, dark clouds, and young stars located in the constellation of Orion - as captured by Max Corneau in Texas.  Thank you, Max!
Today's Image | Feb 24, 2015

Barnard’s Loop and more in Orion

Orion the Hunter of one of the brightest and easiest-to-find constellations. Orion also contains a vast region of bright and dark clouds, hidden to the eye.

Anthony Lynch in Ireland caught the trio on Saturday night, February 21.  Thanks, Anthony!
Today's Image | Feb 22, 2015

More favorite photos of February 20-21 planets and moon

Wonderful photos of Venus and Mars, and the waxing moon, after sunset on February 20-21, 2015! Thanks to all who posted at EarthSky Facebook or submitted to EarthSky.org.

"A lonely cloud pouring its heart out over Mutare, Zimbabwe. It is not often that one sees heart-shaped clouds and rarer still to see rain falling in such a narrow and well defined stream from underneath one. The image was captured from the verandah of my house using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 compact camera in 'Intelligent Auto' mode.
Today's Image | Feb 18, 2015

Lonely cloud pouring its heart out in Zimbabwe

Wonderful photo of an unusual rain cloud, plus two others from Mutare, Zimbabwe. Thanks for sending them, Peter Lowenstein!

Selfie by EarthSky Facebook friend Jean-Baptiste Feldmann in France.  Thank you, Jean-Baptiste!
Today's Image | Feb 17, 2015

Selfie with Venus and Mars

The planets Venus and Mars are about to be amazing in the western sky after sunset. Watch for them. Cool selfie from Jean-Baptiste Feldmann in France!

View larger. | Photo by Joshua Nowicki.
Today's Image | Feb 16, 2015

Wind sculpted this frozen sand in Michigan

It was cold in the upper U.S this weekend, when Joshua Nowicki noticed and captured these cool frozen sand formations.

IC1805 aka the Heart Nebula via Justin Ng.  See it larger at his website.
Today's Image | Feb 14, 2015

Heart Nebula

It’s 7,500 light years away, in the Perseus Arm of our Milky Way galaxy, in the direction to the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen.

Image via NASA / JHU / APL MESSENGER spacecraft.
Today's Image | Feb 13, 2015

Amazing Mercury close up

The valiant MESSENGER spacecraft made Earth, Venus and Mercury flybys before its Mercury orbit four years ago. Soon it’ll crash into Mercury, but for now … new images!

Science Wire | Feb 11, 2015

DSCOVR launch a success!

Spacecraft is headed to L-1 point in Earth-sun system, where it’ll provide advance warning of incoming solar storms that can disrupt power grids and satellite systems.

Photo credit: David Jamieson
Today's Image | Feb 10, 2015

Venus through saguaro cactus

The brightest planet in our sky, and the largest cactus species in the U.S. Thank you, David Jamieson, for sharing your photo with EarthSky!

Photo credit: Samuel Markey
Today's Image | Feb 06, 2015

After a quick snowstorm, strong winds cleared the sky

Goshen Pond. Shamong, New Jersey. Venus (below) and Mars in the western twilight. Thanks to Samuel Markey for sharing his photo with us!

EarthSky Facebook friend Janet Furlong posted this photo on January 27, 2015.
Today's Image | Feb 05, 2015

A bluebird takes a drink

A big thank you to our friend Janet Furlong for sharing her photo with us!

The moon with Jupiter and iridescent clouds, Shot in Greece, by Nikolaos Pantazis?
Science Wire | Feb 04, 2015

See it! Best pics of full moon and Jupiter

An awesome gallery of photos of Jupiter and the full moon on February 3-4, 2015. Photos by EarthSky friends. Thank you all!

Today's Image | Feb 02, 2015

Winter stars … and Vega?

Two Dog Stars and a real dog named for a star.

Image via Colin Chatfield in Saskatchewan, Canada
Science Wire | Jan 30, 2015

What causes the aurora borealis or northern lights?

People at high northern latitudes sometimes experience an ethereal display of colored lights shimmering across the night sky – the aurora borealis or northern lights. What causes them?

View larger. | The moon, Mars and Venus from a sea cave by Jack Fusco.  Visit Jack Fusco on Facebook
Today's Image | Jan 30, 2015

Moon, Mars and Venus from a sea cave

Looking out from a sea cave over the Pacific at two planets and the moon.