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Mars emerged before dawn last week, to meet Mercury below bright Venus. And then the moon passed through. Thanks to all who submitted photos!
“The smoke from a wildfire created a great mood.”
“I’m a daydreamer and a nightthinker,” wrote photographer Manuel Dietrich.
Photo taken from Exchange Place, Jersey City, New Jersey.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
In this project nightflight image, the Dark Horse Nebula has a rider. Turn sideways to see Saturn riding on the horse’s neck.
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.
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.
John Entwistle captured this shot in mid-August on North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras.
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!
A mass of live fire ants floating on the Texas flood.
“Watching it from such a close distance is a magical experience!”
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!
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.
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 – 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!
The moon laps the sun above Mount Reynolds – over Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Montana – during Monday’s 85% solar eclipse.
Year’s fastest sunsets around equinoxes
See it! Dance of planets before dawn