Monster sunspot AR2786 swings into better view

The sun is becoming active again as it enters Solar Cycle 25. This week, scientists’ predictions of sunspots were proven via photos from astronomers around the world. Giant sunspot AR2786 can be viewed with proper filters and may create strong flares that reach Earth.

November 23 moon and ISS

The International Space Station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes To the eye alone, it looks like a bright, moving star. Various online tools can help you capture its fleeting pass in front of the moon or sun.

Photos of 2020’s Leonid meteor shower

EarthSky Community members around the world are sharing their photos of this year’s Leonid meteor shower. Beautiful! Thanks to all who contributed.

Photos of Jupiter and Saturn, headed for a December close encounter

The moon swept past Jupiter and Saturn this week, as they’re drawing closer together in our sky, headed for an historic, once-in-20-years conjunction on December 21, 2020.

Diwali 2020 shone in this ashram, despite Covid-19

Images of Diwali 2020 from an ashram in India.

November butterflies!

Lovely photos of November butterflies from an ashram garden in India.

Composite image showing constellation Taurus and several meteors radiating from it.

Taurid meteors rain down in November

The South and North Taurid meteor showers ramble along during November and often produce fireballs. Beautiful Taurid photos from EarthSky community members – plus more about the shower – here.

The sun is becoming active again

EarthSky community members have captured the giant sunspot region – AR 2781 – currently making its way across the sun’s visible surface.

Illustration of a multiple black holes orbiting each other.

Astronomers release a black hole family portrait

“Black hole family portrait” is a fancy way of saying “new catalog.” But it’s a very important and exciting catalog, released October 28, 2020, by gravitational wave astronomers, containing 39 new signals from black hole or neutron star collisions.

Owl in front of the moon, with Mars above

An owl, a nearly full moon and a shining planet Mars. What more could you ask for Halloween 2020?

New NASA posters feature cosmic frights for Halloween

Check out these 3 new posters from NASA’s Galaxy of Horrors, featuring cosmic frights for Halloween. They’re free to download, and available in English and Spanish.

Venus seen by BepiColombo

The sun’s second planet, Venus, as seen from the BepiColombo spacecraft as it passed on its way to the innermost planet, Mercury, earlier this month.

Irregular round, pink cloud with dark center against stair field.

A close look at the Rosette Nebula

The Rosette Nebula glows in this telescopic photo by EarthSky Community member William Shaheen.

Favorite photos of October’s young moon

In the past few days, several EarthSky Community members around the world shared their photos of the young moon, a thin crescent in the west after sunset. Beautiful! Thanks to all who contributed.

Asteroid 2020 TF6 will come within 40% of moon’s distance on October 19

Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project captured an image of the asteroid last night.

Orange ball with dark markings and white spot at the pole.

Photos of fiery Mars, at its best in 2 years

Photos from the EarthSky community of the bright planet Mars, now at its best. Earth passed between Mars and the sun – bringing the planet to a once-in-two-years opposition – on October 13, 2020.

Green streak with large glowing head at lower end, going through clouds.

Bright fireball widely seen over northeastern Mexico

A fireball is an especially bright meteor from space. It can start out icy and burn up entirely in our atmosphere, or rocky … in which case a meteorite sometimes falls to Earth’s surface. This bright fireball blazed over northeastern Mexico on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Detailed new image of famous stellar nursery

Gorgeous, detailed image of the Carina Nebula, a star nursery approximately 8,500 light-years away, as observed with the Gemini South telescope in Chile.

Bright planet Venus and fainter star Regulus, ascending over a ridgeline.

Photos of the beautiful Venus-Regulus conjunction

The brightest planet Venus has been blazing in the east before sunrise for some months. In late September and early October, the bright star Regulus – Heart of the Lion in Leo – swept past it.

Favorite photos of 2020’s Harvest Moon

Every year at this time, people in the Northern Hemisphere witness the legendary Harvest Moon. This year, the Harvest Moon was near fiery Mars! Photos here from the EarthSky Community.