Penguin with yellow face and chest, cream body.

Photographer snags shot of yellow penguin

Yves Adams took this photo of a rare yellow penguin on South Georgia Island in December 2019. It went viral this month. “It seems we are in desperate need for some mellow yellow news!” Adams said.

New sights and sounds from the Perseverance rover on Mars!

Check out this amazing new video from NASA’s Perseverance rover, showing its own descent and landing on the surface of Mars last week. Truly, it’s like nothing seen before! Also, the first-ever audio from Mars …

Images of shadows cast by jet contrails

Jet contrail shadows may appear to be cast by a low-altitude bright light shining upwards. In fact, this shadow is normally cast on clouds below the jet and its contrail.

Splotches of color: white, dark blue, gray, with a vivid red line in the middle.

Mount Etna erupts

Italy’s Mount Etna has been erupting this week, spewing fountains of lava and ash into the sky.

Small bird with dark head and back, light underside, perched on a bare twig in snow.

Hunkering down in winter weather

Snow, ice and cold temperatures wreak havoc across much of the United States in February.

Morning moongazer

On a cold morning in Norway this week, a look at the waning moon in a daylit sky.

Snow covers mountains and saguaro cacti.

Your best photos from winter 2021

We share your best photos of winter 2021!

The Mars-Uranus conjunction of January 2021

Mars and Uranus passed close to each other in a conjunction on January 21, 2021. Photos from the event captured by EarthSky readers available here.

Venus sinks toward the sun

Venus has been the “morning star,” shining brightly near the horizon just before sunrise. Photographers are capturing pictures in January 2021 and sharing those images with EarthSky.

SDO spies its 1st lunar transit of 2021

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been continuously observing the sun since its launch in 2010. From its vantage point above Earth, it sees the moon pass in front of the sun 2 to 5 times a year.

A twilight sky with Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter marked.

Planetary trio: Photos of Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn

The planetary trio has come and gone, but some in EarthSky’s community captured photos!

View from orbit of a volcano puffing out a plume of steam, ash and rock fragments.

View from space: An outburst from Popocatépetl

Popocatépetl volcano near Mexico City has been erupting since January 2005. On January 6, Mexico’s National Center for Prevention of Disasters, which continuously monitors the volcano, warned people not to approach due to an outburst that caused falling ash and rock fragments.

Star trails over a tree-lined path

Photo of star trails over a tree-lined path in Iran.

The sky in 2020

A collection of astronomical photos of 2020 from southern British Columbia, Canada. The music is ‘Windswept’ by Kevin Macleod.

Full moon behind California hills.

Photos of the last full moon of the year and decade

Photographers around the world are sharing their pics of the last full moon of 2020 and this decade, which occurred on December 29 or 30, depending on your location.

Jupiter and Saturn above bright city lights.

Your photos of 2020’s historic Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn’s great conjunction – where they appeared exceedingly close on the sky’s dome – was December 21. Thank you to EarthSky community members from around the world who captured photos!

Personal solstices

Photos from EarthSky community members around the world, showing what the December solstice – bringing winter to half of Earth, and summer to the other half – means to them. Thanks to all of you for sharing these evocative images with us!

A composite of Geminid meteors on December 14, 2020.

Favorite photos of 2020’s Geminid meteor shower

EarthSky community members from around the world share their photos and experiences of this year’s Geminid meteor shower, here.

The whole globe of Earth, with a dark blot in one area: the moon's shadow.

The moon’s shadow on Earth yesterday

During a total solar eclipse, the moon’s shadow sweeps across Earth. Those in the shadow’s path see the total eclipse. Those outside the path of the shadow may see varying stages of a partial eclipse.

Favorite photos: December 2020’s waning moon and Venus

A few of our favorite images of the waning crescent moon and dazzling planet Venus in the early-morning sky.