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Eleanor Imster

Parade of moon and planets

Last night’s lineup of Mars, Saturn, the star Antares, the moon, Jupiter, and Venus in the sky over Yuen Long, Hong Kong, by Matthew Chin.

We promise you won’t be eaten by a megalodon

So go ahead and get scared at the new movie “The Meg,” but don’t worry. Scientists have officially debunked the myth that megalodon sharks still exist.

Thunderstorm and the Milky Way

“I have waited years to capture a severe thunderstorm and the Milky Way in the same frame. Sunday night I accomplished my goal in Arizona.”

Carbon monoxide from California wildfires drifts east

What happens in California doesn’t stay in California. This animation, made from satellite data, shows carbon monoxide from the state’s massive wildfires drifting eastward all the way across the U.S.

See it! Moon sweeps past Venus

Have you been watching Venus and the young moon? Enjoy these photos from the EarthSky community around the world. Thank you to all who shared images!

Want to trick your ears?

You’ll enjoy this video of audio illusions from the guys at AsapSCIENCE. Can you understand the talking piano?

Potomac River sunrise

An early August morning in Mt. Vernon, Virginia. Photographer Greg Diesel Walck wrote, “Glorious beams this morning at sunrise over the Potomac River.”

Prehistoric mass graves linked to tsunamis

“We were able to make a strong case for many of these sites being related to major tsunamis, as opposed to more standard explanations like warfare or an epidemic.”

2017 was 3rd warmest year on record, says international report

According to the annual State of the Climate report, 2017 was the globe’s 3rd-warmest year on record, behind 2016 (1st) and 2015. Earth also experienced record-high greenhouse gas concentrations and rises in sea level.

Speck from an asteroid

Viewed under a microscope, it resembles a human hair. But this is actually an extremely precious speck of dust – a tiny sample from the Itokawa asteroid, brought back to Earth by Japan’s Hayabusa mission.