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Milky Way center over Pondicherry, India

Photographer Karthik Easvur reminds us that our galaxy’s center is 25,000 light-years away. So light from the galactic center that reached the sensor of his camera started its journey 25,000 years ago.

Situation at Kilauea Volcano ‘steadily worsening’

A large explosion happened Friday night into Saturday at Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano. The 1st serious injury is reported. USGS warns of the release of toxic gases in a plume called a laze, which happens when molten lava hits sea water. Latest images and videos here.

Shelf cloud over New York

A squall line of severe thunderstorms swept over New York City and the surrounding area last Tuesday, creating dramatic skies.

See it! Young moon and Venus

The returning moon and brightest planet were near each other in the sky the last 2 evenings. Don’t miss these gorgeous photos from the EarthSky community.


Photographer Walter E. Elliott captured this image from Michigan’s Grand Haven North Pier on May 14, 2018.

Old moon and Mercury, past 2 mornings

On spring mornings, from either hemisphere, you can’t easily see Mercury. Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe – 19 degrees south latitude, where it’s autumn now – shares this month’s excellent Southern Hemisphere view of Mercury, as the old moon swept past.

New views of Jupiter

At a meeting of experts in London last week, citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran wowed the audience with this new composite, plus a new dazzling animation, of the giant planet Jupiter.

Galaxies look like fireflies

In the darkness of the distant universe, galaxies resemble glowing fireflies, flickering candles, or sparks floating up from a bonfire.

‘Absolutely insane airglow’

Those were the words of astrophotographer Yuri Beletsky, who captured this image on May 10 from Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.

Jupiter rising, Venus setting

Venus and Jupiter are the sky’s 2 brightest planets, and they hang on either side of your sky now – Jupiter in the east and Venus in the west – shortly after the sun goes down.