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Deborah Byrd

Beach mirrors sky over Lincolnshire, U.K.

When a thin film of water covered this beach, it looked as if people (and dogs) could walk in the sky.

Stand on Mars, look around

Of course you can’t really stand on Mars. But you can do the next best thing with this cool new 360-degree interactive panorama from NASA’s Curiosity rover. Notice the settling dust!

Lavender field under the Milky Way

Lavender, lavender, lavender and stars! Grafixart Sam captured this image on a summer night in the Provence region of France.

A sun halo, sundogs and more

Halos around the sun or moon aren’t uncommon, but this is a really special one. Thanks to Martin Male, who captured it from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Saturn’s famous hexagon towers above cloudtops

As wide as 2 Earths – like nothing seen on any other world – Saturn’s hexagon was thought to be a feature of the lower atmosphere, where Saturn’s weather happens. Now there’s evidence it extends high above the cloudtops.

Tropical Storm Gordon has made landfall

One death has been reported so far from the storm. Gordon’s winds were just below hurricane-force last night when it made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border.

Telescopic view of 4 planets

These 4 planets – from west to east, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars – have been dominating our evening sky. They’ll stay up throughout September.

Love vines suck life from wasps, leaving mummies

For the first time, biologists have documented dueling parasites in South Florida. When love vines do battle with gall wasps, the result is wasp mummies.

What is a waning crescent moon?

A waning crescent moon is up in the east before sunrise. It’s waning toward new moon, when the moon will be between the Earth and sun.

How far could you travel and still see Earth?

You couldn’t see Earth from another star. From even the closest stars, the sun’s glare makes Earth impossible to see. And inside our own solar system? Spacecraft photos tell the tale.