Eleanor Imster

Venus sinks toward the sun

Venus has been the “morning star,” shining brightly near the horizon just before sunrise. Photographers are capturing pictures in January 2021 and sharing those images with EarthSky.

2020 tied for warmest year on record

2020 was Earth’s hottest year in the 140-year record, effectively tying 2016, the previous record-holder.

A twilight sky with Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter marked.

Planetary trio: Photos of Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn

The planetary trio has come and gone, but some in EarthSky’s community captured photos!

Record number of billion-dollar disasters in U.S. in 2020

Last year, the U.S. experienced a record-smashing 22 weather and climate disasters that killed at least 262 people and injured scores more. Damages exceeded $1 billion each and totaled approximately $95 billion for all 22 events.

Star trails over a tree-lined path

Photo of star trails over a tree-lined path in Iran.

Watch a Saturn moon ballet

A new spin on the Nutcracker Suite, featuring the moons of Saturn.

2020 Arctic Report Card: Sea ice loss, extreme wildfires

NOAA’s 2020 Arctic Report Card describes a region that is warming even more rapidly than scientists expected.

Illustration showing the ice shelves around South Georgia and the iceberg's position with respect to them.

Iceberg due to collide with island splits in 2

Antarctic iceberg A-68A has drifted menacingly close to a remote island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The giant iceberg could strike land this month. It has now split into 2 pieces.

What are your chances of a white Christmas this year?

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Here’s a map depicting which places in the US have the best chance of being snowy on Christmas Day 2020.

Favorite photos: December 2020’s waning moon and Venus

A few of our favorite images of the waning crescent moon and dazzling planet Venus in the early-morning sky.