Cherry blossoms opening in Japan

In Japan at least, spring has sprung! Are you seeing signs of spring in your hometown?

Top gallery of 2016: Eclipse over Indonesia

Looking forward to 2017’s total solar eclipse over North America? Then you’ll enjoy these photos of the total solar eclipse over Indonesia in March 2016. They were the most-viewed images at EarthSky over this past year.

Golden veil cloaks a newborn star

This beautiful new Hubble image shows a young star just emerging from its cloud of gas and dust.

Smoke trail from fireball over Arizona

NASA said the June 2 meteor was the largest seen by its camera network in 8 years. It identified this smoke trail as what the meteor left behind. Video of the fireball here.

Sunrise stripes on Hospital Hill, Zimbabwe

A rare combination of light and shade over a hillside in Mutare.

International Space Station over Tenerife

Plus a tajinaste rojo, a strange and very large plant endemic to the island of Tenerife.

Best Mars photos, May 2016

These past weeks have been a fabulous time to view Mars, which swept closest to Earth on May 30. Best photos from the EarthSky community!

Saturn’s south polar vortex

A monstrous vortex sits at Saturn’s south pole. It’s not just beautiful. It also lets astronomers peer deep into Saturn’s dense atmosphere.

Cloud-free Africa

The European Space Agency used 7,000 satellite images – acquired from late 2015 through early 2016 – to make this mosaic of Africa.

Sunrays seen from Chile

Crepuscular rays, sometimes called sunrays, above the famous volcano Licancabur on the border between Chile and Bolivia.

Hubble spies a comet’s rotating jet

In March, Comet 252P/LINEAR passed exceedingly near the Earth. These images show the closest celestial object Hubble has observed, other than Earth’s moon.

New Hubble image of Mars

New Hubble Space Telescope image of Mars, in honor of the planet’s May 22 opposition, when our planet Earth will sweep between the Red Planet and the sun.

Milky Way over the Outer Banks

Jeff Berkes captured this image earlier this month, during a night sky photography workshop.

Moon halo, stars, planet over Chile

Haloes around the moon happen when moonlight shines through tiny ice crystals in the upper air. Here’s a moon halo, with bright stars and Jupiter nearby.

Where red Mars looks blue

Most images of Mars show colors homogenized by red dust and regolith. This infrared-red-blue color image shows Mars’ bedrock … and many colors.

Photos! May 9, 2016 transit of Mercury

Photos from the EarthSky community of the May 9, 2016, transit of Mercury across the face of the sun. Thanks to all who posted!

Airplane crosses sun’s face

While preparing on Sunday to watch today’s transit – an event Mercury crosses the face of our sun – Helio C. Vital caught an airplane doing the same.

Long meteor over Arkansas

Meteor showers happen when Earth passes through a stream of icy debris left behind by a comet. The famous Comet Halley spawned last week’s Eta Aquarids.

A mix of dark dust and bright stars

Vast dust clouds stretch across a rich starfield in near the northern boundary of the southern constellation Corona Australis, the Southern Crown.

Milky Way over Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

“Since three years ago, we have planned to shoot this photo. We went to the zone repeatedly but every time we got nothing … until now.” – Sergio Vindas