Venus is going, going …

Venus will sweep between us and the sun (inferior conjunction) on October 26. Check out this photo – taken just 5 days before inferior conjunction – of Venus as a slim crescent world.

Big Dipper over Grand Gulch, Utah

The Big Dipper over a pool in the Utah desert, caught from a canyon littered with the rock art and ruins of Ancestral Puebloans.

Light pillars over Whitefish Bay

When there are ice crystals in the air around you, you might see light pillars. They’re the result of light reflecting from the crystals suspended in the air or clouds.

International Observe the Moon Night

Tonight is International Observe the Moon Night. Moon-lovers, look up! And click in to find events near you.

Milky Way and moonlight

Indian Beach at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Northern lights over Sweden

Photographer Jörgen Andersson captured the northern lights over Sweden on October 7, 2018.

The Draconids did have an outburst

Experts had said “no outburst” predicted for the 2018 Draconids. But, since the parent comet had recently passed near, observers knew to watch anyway.

Jupiter in the rearview mirror

In the final minutes of a close flyby of Jupiter on September 6, the Juno spacecraft captured this departing view of the planet’s swirling southern hemisphere.

Autumn in the English Lake District

How gorgeous is this? Adrian Strand took this photo on October 7, 2018 in the Lake District in northwest England.

See it! SpaceX night launch and landing

Night launches are always fun, and this the October 7 launch by SpaceX – from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles, California – generated more than its fair shares of awesome images.

Cloud shadow over Las Vegas

Bettina Berg captured this cloud shadow on October 1, 2018.

Zap! Lightning strikes Empire State Building

Lightning strikes New York City’s Empire State Building and One World Trade Center.

Moon and fogbow

Fogbows – sometimes called white rainbows, cloudbows or ghost rainbows – are made much in the way as rainbows.

Smoke over Yosemite in September

Last summer’s major fires in and around Yosemite National Park in California have been contained, but the U.S. National Park Service reports multiple fires still burning in Yosemite’s wilderness.

Sunset over England

Sam Kelly captured Thursday’s sunset over the Abberton Reservoir in Essex, England.

The sun in 2 wavelengths

How our sun looks in 2 different wavelengths at the same time.

Hello autumn!

The sun bursting through autumn leaves in Allaire State Park in New Jersey.

Opportunity emerges from Mars dust

We still haven’t heard from the Opportunity rover on Mars, which went silent in June when a dust storm engulfed it. Now, at least, the dust has cleared, and we can see the rover!

See it! 2018’s Harvest Moon

Photos from the EarthSky community of 2018’s Harvest Moon. Thanks to all who submitted or posted at EarthSky Facebook!

Venus and Jupiter, from Brazil

Most of us don’t often (or ever) witness the view at sunset, from atop a high mountain, on which is perched an astronomical observatory. The 2 planets here are Venus and Jupiter.