Favorite photos from this weekend

The EarthSky community on Facebook outdid itself posting photos over the weekend of January 20-22, 2017. Thanks, everybody! Editors’ picks here.

Sunspots visible through the clouds above Long Island, New York – January 21, 2017 – from Unique Images by Martin Losco.

Winter Milky Way – a view of outer arms of our galaxy – by Ondrej Kralik Astrophotography in Slovakia.

The waning moon, with earthshine, over Meaux, France – January 21, 2017 – by Patrick Casaert of La Lune The Moon.

Planet Jupiter, star Spica, the moon, star Antares and planet Saturn Sunday morning before dawn – January 22, 2017 – in Kewanee, Illinois, from Niko Powe.

Rosanne Harter Haaland wrote on January 20, 2017: “Captured this halo today after watching it form in Kingsport, Tennessee.”

Star trails over Hong Kong by Matthew Chin, January 22, 2017.

“Beautiful Vénus tonight [and Mars] in my Normandy sky,” wrote Mohamed Laaifat Photographies on January 21, 2017.

Swedish Landscape & Nature Photos By Jörgen Andersson wrote on January 22, 2017, welcoming the fact that the sun is back for his latitude in Sweden!

Contrails at sunset – January 21, 2017 – from Juri Voit in Estonia.

Ruslan Merzlyakov of RMS Photography in Aarhus, Denmark calls this photo Lost at Night. He wrote: “Notice red color in the sky – this is airglow, an optical phenomenon, caused by chemical reactions … our atmosphere lights itself!”

Deborah Byrd