Greenish streak of light in dark sky.

Photos from 2021’s Eta Aquariid meteor shower

Check out these pics from the annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower. The peak morning was likely May 5, 2021, but the following morning, May 6, might be good, too.

Venus gleaming in a twilight sky, with an owl in silhouette in front of it.

Venus and the owl, from California

Venus and Mercury are both in the western sky after sunset now, but both are exceedingly low in the sky, in the midst of bright twilight, and so difficult to spot. These photos captured them.

Going up and coming down this week

Within hours of each other, one rocket left the Earth on April 28, 2021, and one cargo space ship returned on April 29 – via a planned destruction during re-entry – after having been attached to the International Space Station for a year.

First aerial color image of Mars

Color image of the Martian surface, captured by the Ingenuity Mars helicopter.

Photos of the supermoon, April 2021

The first of 2 spring supermoons in 2021 took place on April 26 or 27 (depending on your location on Earth). We received many wonderful submissions from you, our readers. Here’s a gallery of some favorites. Thanks to all who submitted!

Red rock formations with star cloud and streak of light above.

Lyrid meteor and Milky Way over Sedona

The expanse of the Milky Way is punctured by a Lyrid meteor in this incredible photograph taken from Sedona, Arizona, by Cecilia Ray.

Venus, in evening sky, 6 degrees from sun

Venus and Mercury are back in the evening sky. Have you seen them? Probably not; they’re exceedingly close to the sun. But EarthSky Community member Helio Vital did manage to capture a photo of Venus on April 19, 2021. Way to go, Helio!

Crescent moon with Mars as a dot on the lit limb.

Moon-Mars occultation, from India

Some lucky skywatchers in Southeast Asia saw the moon pass in front of Mars on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Check out these images from EarthSky readers!

Cloud of stars stretching across sky with black tree silhouettes.

Milky Way season has started!

Spring brings flowers to the landscape and photos of the Milky Way to EarthSky! Enjoy these photos of our galaxy taken in 2021, and keep your eye on this space for more to come!

Dense forest of green trees with a sharp light in the center from the sun shining through, surrounded by rays in colours of blue through orange.

Sunlight through trees in Singapore

When sunlight filters through trees, you may get a corona effect where the rays from the light sources take on the colors of the rainbow.

The round disk of the sun, with sunspots crossing it in 2 bands, one in the northern and one in the southern hemisphere.

100 days of sunspots

A blend of a total of 100 images showing every sunspot that appeared on the sun from December 25, 2020, to April 3, 2021.

Square image with green background with a hummingbird in the centre, feeding off of white flowers on twigs.

Hummingbird having a spring meal

Hummingbirds can fly up to 20 miles (32 km) in a day and are now traveling north, some all the way from Central America to Canada and even Alaska. This beautiful hummingbird was captured feeding from blossoms in California this week.

Full moon with colors emphasized, and a band of the silhouette of the international space station passing by on the diagonal.

ISS passing a mineral moon

What’s a mineral moon? In this case, it’s a photo of our moon with the colors of its surface enhanced to reveal the moon’s mineral deposits. As an added bonus, here’s a mineral moon with the International Space Station passing by!

Striking new image of M106

This spectacular image features spiral galaxy Messier 106 and its diminutive neighbors, as well as a dense field of background galaxies and foreground stars.

Two bright stars, one large round star cluster, colorful wisps of gas clouds.

The beautiful abundance of Rho Ophiuchi

One of the most colorful regions of the sky, Rho Ophiuchi showcases clusters and nebulae galore.

Cattails and reeds backlit with a golden glow.

Golden hour at an Indiana lake

The golden hour – actually, more like 30 minutes – is that magical period of daylight shortly after sunrise or before sunset, when the brightness of the sky matches streetlights, signs and car headlights. Photographers love it!

The Milky Way stretches over background with bridge in foreground.

Spring Milky Way over Cape Cod

Dark skies let the Milky Way shine, and this stunning shot from Cape Cod exhibits our galaxy in its full glory, even reflected on the water!

An owl sitting in the opening of a tree, blending in with the same brown-beige color as the surrounding bark.

Owl keeps an eye out, in New York

This nocturnal owl wakes briefly during the day to have a quick look around.

Labeled starfield with box around the nova.

Nova brightens in Cassiopeia

Amateur astronomers across the globe have been watching a star brighten on the dome of our night sky. You can try to spot it, too. Use the photo here as a finder guide to locate the nova named V1405 Cas.

Close-up of the surface of Mars, in a beige hue. One large dark spot to the right in the image, Olympus Mons, and 3 other spots to its right, which are its sister volcanoes.

Olympus Mons volcano on Mars, from UAE’s Hope

United Arab Emirates’ Hope spacecraft has begun producing images of Mars’s surface, including a view of Olympus Mons, highest volcano in the solar system.