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This season’s 1st noctilucent clouds

Late May is typically the start of the season for noctilucent clouds, aka night-shining clouds. A photographer in Denmark has already captured some!

Auroras over the South Pole

A strong G3-class geomagnetic storm sparked auroras over both poles of Earth this past weekend. Hunter Davis, at the South Pole, captured images.

Young moon returns to the west

This very special young moon marks the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Very tough to spot on May 26 from locations east of the Atlantic, but the Americas had a better shot at it.

Nature’s red, white, and blue

Memorial Day weekend is ahead here in the U.S. Have a happy one! Photo by Marcia White Bower.

Cape Cod Milky Way

Manish Mamtani captured this image at Salt Pond on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. “Happy to be back chasing the Milky Way,” he said.

River of Mist, Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, in northern California, is one of the most beautiful parks in the world. It set a record in 2016 with over 5 million visitors.

Monday morning’s moon and Venus

Photos of the beautiful conjunction of the moon and Venus – Monday morning, May 22, 2017 – from the EarthSky community.

ISS crossing the sun’s face

On May 14, the International Space Station crossed the sun’s face, as seen from Beijing. Photographer Zheng Zhi was ready to capture the moment.

Meet the Leo Triplet

These 3 distant galaxies are all large spirals – much like our Milky Way – and they can be seen in a single field of view in small telescopes.

Milky Way over Ijen Volcano

Since National Geographic ran a story on the electric-blue flame of Ijen Volcano, tourism has increased. Seeing the night sky is another reason to go!

There’s always one out there

Sometimes, in night photography, a little light is a good thing. Selfie and aurora over New Zealand caught in late April by The Darker Arts.

Rainbow from Shiprock, New Mexico

Shiprock is a beautiful rock formation, rising some 1,583 feet (483 meters) above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico.

Your rocket is waiting

Okay, it’s not a rocket. It’s a lighthouse in Grand Haven, Michigan. But with a little imagination …

Circumzenithal arc over Surrey, England

Circumzenithal arcs look like upside-down rainbows, but they’re caused by ice crystals, not rain. They’re sometimes seen with sundogs, and even full halos around the sun or moon.

The Big Dipper’s deep sky

Many people recognize the Big Dipper in the northern sky. Here are 10 deep-sky Messier objects – 8 galaxies, a planetary nebula, and a double star – in and around the Big Dipper.

Crossed contrails, with shadows

Striking contrail shadow image from the magical sunset skies of northern New Mexico.

Twilight dream

“Have you ever woken up from a dream and the view was still there?”

Video teaser: Noctilucent cloud season

Noctilucent clouds – aka night-shining clouds – can be seen at high latitudes in summer, typically beginning for northern latitudes in late May. French photographer Adrien Mauduit in Denmark assembled his best 2016 photos into a wondrous video.

See it! Last night’s moon and Jupiter

They were the brightest objects nearly all night Sunday night, as seen from around the world. Here are a few photos from the EarthSky community. Thanks to all who submitted!

Milky Way over Frosty Drew Observatory

The starry band of the Milky Way before dawn in early May. Add in a chorus of wildlife, and you have a stargazing experience to remember.