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Dust storm rolls in on Mars

Forecast for Mars: dust! This smaller storm appeared on Mars in April, 2018, prior to the planet-wide storm happening now.

Mars from the International Space Station

Astronaut photo of Mars from the International Space Station (ISS), In this image, Mars has been highlighted and enlarged 20 times.

Meteor, Mars and Milky Way

Night sky over South Korea’s Mount Seoraksan.

Volcanic mood rings

The crater lakes at the summit of Kelimutu volcano in Indonesia change colors from day to day. The colors can change from white, green, blue and brown to black.

See it! Last night’s moon and Venus

Photos from EarthSky friends around the world of Sunday evening’s spectacular moon and planet Venus, and Saturday’s moon and Mercury. Thanks to all who submitted or posted to our Facebook page! Miss then? Try again Monday.

Geyser and Milky Way

Milky Way over Biscuit Basin, in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park .

July sunrise

Yesterday’s sunrise over the Potomac River at Fort Hunt, Virginia.

See it! Tuesday’s moon near Aldebaran

Aldebaran represents the fiery red eye of the Bull in the constellation Taurus. Check out these dramatic photos of the moon and Aldebaran close, on Tuesday morning.

See it! Venus and Regulus meet

The bright planet Venus and star Regulus – brightest light in the constellation Leo the Lion – met in the western twilight sky Monday evening.

Here’s how much smaller the sun looks at aphelion

We passed aphelion, Earth’s farthest point in orbit around the sun, on July 6. The eye can’t detect it, but a camera shows that the sun around now appears at its smallest in our sky.

Chaotic clouds of Jupiter

Juno captured this image of swirling cloud belts and tumultuous vortices in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere during the spacecraft’s 13th close flyby of Jupiter in May.

Bright Mars and its reflection

Can Mars appear this bright? Its brightness here is enhanced. Notice the MIlky Way, which doesn’t look so bright to the eye. But Mars will be very bright – easily bright enough to reflect in water – in July 2018.

See it! This weekend’s moon near Mars

July 2018 will be Mars’ month, when it’ll glow brighter than the bright planet Jupiter … brighter and redder than it’s been since 2003. Photos of this weekend’s moon and Mars from the EarthSky community, here.

Lotus

The Southeast Botanical Gardens in Okinawa, Japan, has a lotus festival every summer. “They’re blooming now!” said photographer Beverly Fish.

See it! Last night’s full moon and Saturn

It was tough to catch Saturn in the moon’s glare last night, but we received some stunning shots of the full moon. Keep watching this post. More pics expected today! Thanks to all who submitted.

ISS crosses the moon’s face

A new image by Colin Legg showing the International Space Station transiting the face of the June 24 waxing gibbous moon. Plus information on how you can take a photo like this.

A solargraph over the Kelpies, Scotland

A solargraph is a long-exposure photo showing the sun’s path across the sky, day after day. The Kelpies, in Scotland, are said to be the world’s largest equine statues.

The perfect swarm

Fireflies are winged beetles. They use bioluminescence – emitting light due to a chemical reaction in their abdomens – to attract mates or prey.

Arrival

A sliding rock under the Milky Way at Racetrack Playa in California’s Death Valley. Photo by Yuri Beletsky.

Sunset and smoke over Colorado

The last of the evacuation orders for the 416 fire north of Durango, in southwest Colorado, were lifted on June 19, 2018, as rainfall squelched the fire.