Orbital view. Land at left, ocean at right, white lines (roads) and small white patches (pads).

Apollo 11 launch pad

A satellite image from January 2019 shows launch pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Florida. From there – on July 16, 1969 – a Saturn V rocket carrying the crew of Apollo 11 launched humanity’s historic voyage to the moon.

Thin branches with big yellow blossoms.

Cactus blossom near Shimla, India

Contributed by our friend Swami Krishnananda, a photo essay of a walk up a hillside near Shimla, India, closer and closer to a cactus blossom, with thoughts on impermanence.

Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds over Nova Scotia

Photographer Tanvi Javkar spotted Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds spread across the sky on June 28, 2019, in Nova Scotia.

Rare lava lake seen from space

Satellite images confirm that this rare lava lake is a continuous feature at the top of Mount Michael, in the South Atlantic’s South Sandwich Islands. The temperature of the molten lava is some 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,800 degrees Fahrenheit).

Changing eclipse shadow in La Serena, Chile

This series of photos from Eliot Herman shows the progress of the moon’s shadow during the July 2, 2019, total solar eclipse in Chile.

Close up of a sunflower with a bee on it.

We love sunflowers! Your best photos

You can’t look at a sunflower and feel sad.

Intricate composite image of total solar eclipse.

More amazing images of the July 2 eclipse

Some called it the “astronomer’s eclipse” because it passed near major observatories in Chile. Check out these beautiful images of the July 2, 2019, total solar eclipse.

July 2 solar eclipse from La Serena, Chile

EarthSky friend Eliot Herman traveled to Chile to capture the July 2, 2019, total solar eclipse in all its glory.

Amazing June for noctilucent clouds

For the northern part of Earth, the season for seeing noctilucent clouds – clouds that shine at night – typically begins in June. This June has been particularly fine for seeing these electric-blue clouds. Photos and video here.

Moonlit night in Yosemite

Moonlit rainbow over cascading Yosemite waterfall.

Spiral galaxy NGC 2903

Meet an iconic spiral galaxy

This is a particularly photogenic spiral galaxy, called NGC 2903. You can see its pinwheeling spiral arms, scatterings of stars, glowing bursts of gas, and dark lanes of cosmic dust.

It’s twilight time: 15 favorite photos

“Love prefers twilight to daylight”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Best photos of the Mercury-Mars conjunction

It was the closest conjunction of 2 planets in 2019, between Mercury and Mars. It happened low in the evening twilight – and was best seen from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere. Check out these photos from EarthSky Community members.

Airglow over Halcottsville, New York

The Milky Way rising over a silo.

The fish are biting

John Ashley caught these fish – with a camera – fighting and mating during a late May/early June spawning season in Montana.

Asperitas clouds ahead of the rain

Kent Reinhard captured these rare asperitas clouds on June 10. They’ve been described as “… as if viewing a roughened sea surface from below.”

Venus at sunrise from ISS

From the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Christina Koch snapped this image of the planet Venus at sunrise on May 31.

Distant lighthouse against bright yellow sunrise.

Montauk lighthouse

An old lighthouse stands out against the sky in Montauk, New York.

Wide, symmetrical image of Milky Way arcing above a river.

Andromeda, Jupiter, Milky Way over Montana

We’re now in the middle of the best time of year to see Jupiter, and it’s near the starry arc of the Milky Way. Enjoy this panoramic image from John Ashley in Montana.

Young moon

The young moon returned to the evening sky this week. June 4 photo by Heidi Gabbert in San Jose, California.