A central yellow sun, surrounded on 2 sides by crescent Venuses.

Journey of Venus

A composite image – made of photos acquired over 500 days – showing the waxing and waning of Venus, and the changing size of the planet’s visible disk, as it orbits the sun one step inward from Earth.

Nishinoshima volcano belches ash and lava

A young volcanic island in the western Pacific Ocean has been going through a vigorous growth spurt since mid-June 2020.

It seems possible to detect a subtle shading on the moon in this photo taken midway through a partial penumbral eclipse, but, if so, it's very very subtle.

Eclipse? What eclipse?

Even experienced observers say they couldn’t discern the Earth’s shadow on the moon during the partial penumbral eclipse of July 4-5, 2020.

Dusty sunrises and sunsets over U.S. South

See the layers of dust set against this South Carolina sunset? That dust came from Africa’s Sahara Desert. It traveled across the Atlantic Ocean this month to cause dusty skies across the U.S. South and into Texas.

Young woman in long white dress on white horse under sky with many small, sunlit downward bulges from a dark cloud.

Epic graduation photo, Alberta, Canada

Spectacular mammatus clouds – and a rainbow – provide a backdrop for this beautiful and unusual graduation photo. Congratulations, Cheyann!

Imanda watching the eclipse

Imanda viewed the annular eclipse of June 21, 2020, as it developed over Syokimau, Kenya.

Two crescents. The larger one is the moon, and the smaller one is Venus.

June’s old moon and Venus

Here are 2 beautiful images of the very old moon – a waning crescent seen in the east shortly before sunrise – near the brightest planet, Venus.

Forecast: Dust and sand from the Sahara

Masses of dusty air form over the Sahara Desert and move westward across the tropical North Atlantic frequently from spring to fall. A particularly large swath of dust is headed our way now. Watch for hazy skies in the Caribbean by this weekend, and possibly into the U.S. by next week.

The fire and the fireball

A bright meteor is called a fireball. This one creates a backdrop to clouds of smoke from an actual fire that – as of Saturday – had burned some 9,000 acres and was only 10% contained, according to Inciweb.

Longing for the sea? Check out these photos

Thanks to all in the EarthSky community who honored World Oceans Day by contributing these awesome photos.

A green comet with but long tail.

Despite the full moon, comet Lemmon!

This faint comet – Comet C/2019 U6 (Lemmon) – is headed toward its perihelion, or closest point to the sun, on June 18. It’s currently visible from the Southern Hemisphere, via strong binoculars, with a dark sky.

Very thin white crescent against gray background.

Farewell, Venus

Photos – taken through telescopes, or with other optical aid – from the EarthSky community. The brightest planet Venus is now in a thin crescent phase as viewed from Earth. Venus will go between us and the sun on June 3.

AIM spots season’s 1st Arctic noctilucent clouds

NASA’s AIM spacecraft spotted wisps of the 2020 season’s 1st noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds over the Arctic on May 17.

Young moon, Venus, Mercury photos

The young moon returned to the evening sky this weekend, to sweep past the bright planets Venus and Mercury.

Markarian’s Chain of galaxies

Markarian’s Chain forms part of the Virgo galaxy cluster. When viewed from Earth, the galaxies lie along a smoothly curved line. Armenian astronomer Benjamin Markarian discovered these galaxies’ common motion in the early 1960s. American astronomer Fred Espenak captured this image.

Have you seen Venus and Mercury? Photos here

Wow! Thanks, everybody, for the wonderful Venus and Mercury photos! These 2 worlds have been nearest each other this week for all of 2020. A selection of photos from our community here, and many more at EarthSky Community Photos.

3 crescents - Venus, the moon, the eclipsed sun - all at about the same phase.

Crescent Venus, moon, sun

Three crescents – Venus, the moon, the eclipsed sun – all at about the same phase.

A large hurricane, or tropical cyclone, approaching India from the east.

Tropical Cyclone Amphan

Tropical Cyclone Amphan on May 19, 2020, on approach to eastern India and Bangladesh.

Last Antarctic sunset

This was the last sunset – prior to several months of winter darkness – at Concordia Research Station in Antarctica. Scientists at the station are studying how living in extreme conditions affects the human body and mind.

This isn’t a triple rainbow

It’s what’s called a reflection rainbow, which can be caused by sunlight beaming upward after reflecting from wet sand or calm water, in this case the water of Puget Sound.