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See it! Dance of planets before dawn

Mars emerged before dawn last week, to meet Mercury below bright Venus. And then the moon passed through. Thanks to all who submitted photos!

Lake Louise

“The smoke from a wildfire created a great mood.”

Outer space

“I’m a daydreamer and a nightthinker,” wrote photographer Manuel Dietrich.

Last night’s moon over Freedom Tower

Photo taken from Exchange Place, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Most detailed color images of Saturn’s rings, ever

As we prepare to say goodbye to Cassini at Saturn – one of the longest-running and most awesome space missions ever – here’s yet another first, a finely seen section of Saturn’s inner-central B Ring, in natural color.

Thursday night was fantastic for auroras

Space weather forecasters predicted the possibility of strong geomagnetic storms, resulting in a strong display of the aurora borealis, or northern lights … and they were right!

Asteroid 3122 Florence: Video and images

This large asteroid swept closest to Earth on September 1. It’s big enough that astronomers are still catching it in small telescopes, as a small, slow-moving “star.”

Giant sunspots, solar flares, aurora alert!

Sunwatchers are still tracking those 2 large sunspot groups making their way across the Earth-facing side of the sun. Then yesterday there was an X-flare! Watch for possible auroras.

Saturn riding the Dark Horse

In this project nightflight image, the Dark Horse Nebula has a rider. Turn sideways to see Saturn riding on the horse’s neck.

Millions of stars

This image sequence from ESA’s billion-star surveyor – Gaia – looks toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy and captures some 2.8 million stars.

Autumn is coming!

The start of September means that autumn is just around the corner. Manish Mamtani took this shot in September 2016 in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Milky Way over Cape Hatteras lighthouse

John Entwistle captured this shot in mid-August on North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras.

Venus and bright stars, east before sunup

From our friend Tom Wildoner, a single shot of the morning stars in the sunrise direction. He added labels to help you identify some of the brighter objects on your morning commute!

After Harvey, a fire ant raft in Texas

A mass of live fire ants floating on the Texas flood.

Old Faithful geyser at night

“Watching it from such a close distance is a magical experience!”

5-hour pinhole exposure of total eclipse

This is a long-exposure photo of the sun, moving across the sky on August 21, 2017. Ian Hennes captured it with a lensless pinhole camera, in this case a beer can. It shows the total eclipse!

Jurassic Park 5 – The Eclipse!

Just kidding. There’s really no movie by this name. But there should be, don’t you think? Photo by Fred Espenak, aka Mr. Eclipse.

Confused sunflowers during eclipse?

A solar eclipse causes changes in the sun and sky, in the illumination of the landscape around you, in animals … but in plants?

Crescent suns in downtown Portland

Crescent suns – created via the pinhole effect – on buildings in downtown Portland, Oregon during the eclipse. Cool photo and an awesome effect to watch for during eclipses!

Solar eclipse over Glacier National Park

The moon laps the sun above Mount Reynolds – over Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Montana – during Monday’s 85% solar eclipse.