Bright Mars and a meteor.

Photos of fiery Mars, nearly at its best in 2 years

Photos from the EarthSky community of the bright planet Mars, now nearly at its best. Earth will pass between Mars and the sun – bringing the planet to a once-in-two-years opposition – on October 13, 2020.

Cool new Hubble portrait of Jupiter’s storms

A beautiful new image of Jupiter from the Hubble Space Telescope – captured in August 2020 – shows the planet’s icy moon Europa as well as several famous storms in Jupiter’s atmosphere.

5 active cyclones in the Atlantic

Satellite image shows 5 tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean at the same time for only 2nd time in history.

Amazon River from space

Video tour – via satellite – of the Amazon River meandering through the Amazon rainforest in South America.

Smiling turtle close-up.

Return of Myanmar’s smiling turtle

Need something to smile about? Here’s a story about smiling turtles saved from extinction in Myanmar.

At the edge of the blast

A detailed view of a section of the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant, from NASA.

‘Apocalyptic’ skies across U.S. West this week

Video and images of the weirdly orange skies across the U.S. West this week, created by massive wildfires that incinerated several communities in Oregon in the past 2 days and blotted out the sun in San Francisco.

Photos of the moon’s sweep past bright Mars

Earth will pass between Mars and the sun in October 2020, and the distance between our 2 worlds is now relatively small. And so Mars is very bright now! Thanks to all in the EarthSky Community who captured Mars near the moon this past weekend.

Sun halo with birds

Scientists call them 22-degree halos, because the shining ring around the sun (or moon) has a radius of approximately 22 degrees.

Image via satellite of smoke along the entire U.S. West coast.

Smoke-covered California, from space

The 2 largest fires this week both began with lightning strikes.

Looking edgewise into the Milky Way

These stunning photos – taken by the talented photographers in our own EarthSky community – are from earlier this month, when the moon was less bright in the evening sky. See the Milky Way – the edgewise view into our own galaxy – plus Jupiter, Saturn and meteors here!

Wildfire sunsets and sunrises

The western half of North America is getting some spectacular sunrises and sunsets now, as wildfires rage. Photos here from the EarthSky Community.

Old moon and young moon

This is quite a feat! The old moon one morning, and the young moon the following evening, centered on the August 2020 new moon.

A clear night over Georgia

Favorite photos from 2020’s Perseid meteor shower

Have you caught any Perseid meteors? If so, share your photos with us! If your skies have been cloudy, enjoy these great meteor photos from EarthSky friends around the world.

Hello, sunrise!

First sunrise in 4 months at Concordia Research Station in Antarctica, about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the geographic south pole.

Visualize the Perseid meteor stream in space

This visualization by Ian Webster and Peter Jenniskens uses NASA data to render known Perseid meteoroids in space. Don’t miss this!

Circumhorizon arc over a ridgeline, with the sun just out of view at the top of the image.

Not a rainbow, not an iridescent cloud

There are many colored arcs in the sky. This photographer captured one commonly seen in summer, when the sun is high in the sky.

See it! This weekend’s moon and Mars

Mars is getting exciting – bright now, and very red – and heading toward more brightness and more intense color by October. This past weekend, the moon and Mars were close. Photos here.

Comet NEOWISE and globular star cluster M53

Comet NEOWISE is now heading out of the inner solar system. It probably can’t be seen with the eye now, although large binoculars can still pick it up. Here’s a beautiful telescopic image of the comet, near the globular star cluster M53.