Eclipses in 2019

A heliocentric – or sun-centered – view of eclipses in 2019 from astronomer Guy Ottewell.

See it! Last night’s lunar eclipse

It was the last total eclipse of the moon until May, 2021. The EarthSky community captured it. A selection of images here. See more at EarthSky Community Photos!

Silhouettes of a man with his arming raised to throw, and 3 golden retrievers, on a beach against a yellow-orange sunset background.

Fetch!

Seaside, Oregon, at sunset.

Venus and Jupiter before sunup

The 2 brightest planets are easy to spot in the east before dawn now. Plus they’re getting closer! The Venus-Jupiter conjunction will come on the morning of January 22.

Circumzenithal arc over Michigan

Although people sometimes call them “upside-down rainbows,” they’re made not by rain, but by by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere.

Birds and birds

Chilika Lake – on the east coast of India – is the second-largest coastal lagoon in the world. It’s a large wintering ground for migratory birds.

Star trails over Rocky Gorge

Abhijit Patil created this long-exposure image at Rocky Gorge in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest on January 5, 2019. “It’s a tricky spot to shoot during the night,” he wrote, “but the night views are spectacular and worth the risk.”

Farthest, average, nearest sun

Because Earth’s orbit isn’t precisely circular, the size of the sun in our sky changes slightly throughout the year. This image shows that small variation in sun size.

Young moon over Romania

Two-day-old moon – January 8, 2019 – from the frozen hills of Bacau, Romania.

A few photos of 2019 Quadrantids

The Quadrantid meteor shower – which peaked on the night of January 3-4, 2019 – has a very narrow peak. Still, the EarthSky community caught some photos.

Photo: January 6 eclipse over Asia

The January 5-6, 2019, partial solar eclipse was visible from China, Korea, Japan, Russia, the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands. Photo here from the EarthSky community.

Large solar prominence, or filament, extending from sun, with Earth shown to scale.

See an animation of this huge solar prominence

When you view this giant feature on the sun, realize that it’s several times the size of Earth!

Moon and Mercury

Moon and Mercury over San Anselmo, California on January 4, 2019.

The moon Venus rising over Whitehaven NW England on January 2, 2019. Photo by Adrian Strand.

See it! Moon and Venus at sunrise

Not to be missed! A beautiful combo to ring in the new year. Photos here from the EarthSky community.

New Year’s Day clouds over El Paso

These are called lenticular clouds. They usually – but not always – form where stable moist air flows over a mountain or range of mountains. They can form rapidly and then disappear again just as fast.

The numbers 2019 in a superimposed on a photo of orange skies over Normandy. France.

Welcome to 2019!

Mohamed Laaïfat Photographies sent us this image and his best wishes from Normandy, France. Thank you Mohamed, and happy New Year to all!

EarthSky’s most popular photos of 2018

Wow! Huge thanks to the EarthSky community for all the images you’ve contributed this year. Here are some of 2018’s most popular photos.

Red sunset from Italy’s Mount Etna

Giuseppe Pappa in Sicily, Italy, wrote on December 27, 2018: “The dust and the gas from Mount Etna gave us today this fantastic view during sunset time. The sun became very red due to volcanic ash in the sky.”

See it! Jupiter and Mercury close

A beautiful drama is taking place low in the east before sunup this week. Giant planet Jupiter and innermost planet Mercury have swept close, with dazzling Venus above. Photos here from the EarthSky community.

Like a hat in the sky

Yuri Beletsky captured this lenticular cloud on a mid-December night in the Chilean Andes Mountains.