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Sunset and smoke over Colorado

The last of the evacuation orders for the 416 Fire north of Durango, in southwest Colorado, were lifted on June 19, as rainfall squelched the fire.

Celebrate the solstice with this cool solargraph

The streaks in the photos are sun-trails – that is, they’re the sun moving in its shifting path across our sky from day to day over a 6-month period.

Midnight sun over Norway

Tommy Richardsen captured this gorgeous image in Nordreisa, Northern Norway, a few minutes before midnight on June 13, 2018.

Moai head and Milky Way

No matter where you are on Earth, the richest part of the Milky Way is now coming back into view in the evening. Spectacular everywhere. At Easter Island, awesome!

See it! Young moon and Venus

Over several days this weekend, the moon swept near the brightest planet, Venus, in the west after sunset. Thanks to all who contributed photos! Editor’s picks, here …

New image of the Tarantula Nebula

Glowing brightly about 160,000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of our Milky Way’s satellite galaxies.

Storm on the way

Storm heading towards Taylor’s Lake near Horsham, Australia on June 11, 2018. Photo by Lynton Brown.

Coyote and apple in rural New Mexico

Coyotes prefer meat, but they’ll also eat insects, fruit and grass if that’s what’s available.

Northern lights and north star. STEVE?

Steve Bellavia caught this unusual aurora last night, pointing directly to the North Star. Could it be the newly identified Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, aka STEVE?

Coyotes in the park

Coyotes are the most famous of the wild animals species that have returned to North American cities and towns in recent years. Encountering them can be unnerving.

Watch a total lunar eclipse

Take 37 seconds to watch the January 31, 2018, super Blue Moon eclipse! This video – from Colin Legg in Australia – is composed of more than 4,000 images.

Kilauea volcano still going strong

The ongoing event is now said to be one of Kilauea’s most destructive eruptions in modern times.

It’s World Oceans Day. Your favorite ocean photos, right here

Thanks for all in the EarthSky community who contributed these photos. The focus of World Oceans Day 2018 is plastic pollution.

Vesturhorn reflection

Wow! Photo by Grafixart Sam of Iceland’s Vesturhorn mountain.

Shelf cloud over Florida

People see and photograph shelf clouds most often when these clouds are moving just ahead of intense lines of thunderstorms.

Sunset with lightning over Illinois

Russ Adams captured this glorious image in Pike County, Illinois on May 26, 2018.

2017’s costliest hurricanes

Harvey, Irma and Maria – all 2017 hurricanes – are among the top 5 costliest Atlantic hurricanes since record-keeping began in 1851.

Manhattanhenge comes to New York City

Each year on May 29 and 30 – and again in early July – New Yorkers watch for Manhattanhenge. Here’s what causes it.

Lightning sprite over Oklahoma. My Best srite lightning capture to date, said photographer Paul Smith.

Lightning sprites over Oklahoma

My best sprite lightning capture to date, said long-time observer Paul Smith.

Waiting for tomorrow

Tommy Richardsen captured this image near Skjervøy in northern Norway.