Spiral galaxy with yellow center

Hubble spots galaxy’s dramatic details

Hubble image of spiral galaxy NGC 5468.

Close-up of central peak of Bhabha crater.

Sunrise at the moon’s Bhabha crater

A day on the moon lasts about an earthly month, so dawn comes to each part of the moon only that often. In this view from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, you can see a crater’s central peak illuminated by sunlight, while the crater floor remains dark.

A moon just past 1st quarter, with Lunar X annotated.

What to look for on a 1st quarter moon

For those of you with telescopes, or telescopic lenses, here’s something to watch for on a moon just past 1st quarter.

Orion, the Bull, the Pleiades and a meteor

A long bright meteor, too, and on the night of the elusive Unicorn meteor shower … but not a Unicorn meteor.

Photos: This week’s moon, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn

What a week it’s been for planets! Jupiter and Venus – the 2 brightest planets – were in conjunction last Sunday. Then the moon swept through the evening sky, passing Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. Thanks to all in the EarthSky Community who contributed photos! A sampling here … Links to more in this post.

Composite image of SpaceX Starlink satellite swarm

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite project will eventually place an initial 12,000 satellites in low-Earth orbit to provide worldwide internet access. This image is from the second batch of satellites launched November 11.

Aurora over Esjan

November aurora over Iceland.

Colorado moon

Photographer Matt Burt captured the full Beaver Moon over Gunnison, Colorado, on November 11, 2019.

Moon halo over Pikes Peak

This ring around the moon is called a 22-degree halo by skywatchers. The mountain below is Pikes Peak, in Colorado, the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rockies.

See it! Monday’s transit of Mercury

Click here for awesome photos from members of the EarthSky community of the November 11, 2019, transit of Mercury. It’ll be the last Mercury transit until 2032. A huge thank you to all who submitted to EarthSky Community Photos!

Stunning view inside a young moon crater

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned some amazing high-resolution photos of the surface of the moon, including these ones of steep cliffs and impact melt inside a young crater called Giordano Bruno.

If you think the moon is an impediment to meteor-watching

The moon is big and bright nearly all night now. It’ll turn full on Tuesday, just as the North Taurid meteor shower reaches a peak. The moon is a problem for meteor-watching, but this owl … a bigger problem.

Bird perched on a twig in front of a blue sky and faint while moon.

Sweet bird

Bettina Berg captured this sweet image of a bird and the moon in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 6, 2019.

A deep look at Orion

This composite – made of 7 images – will show you what the eye alone can’t see in the area of the sky in and around the constellation Orion.

Bug dark blue circle with a swath of white cutting through it.

TESS planet-hunter shows you the southern sky

Mosaic of the southern sky constructed from 208 images by NASA’s TESS spacecraft, taken during the mission’s first year of science operations.

Mist over an Antarctic research station

A photo of mist above an Antarctic research station. Sunlight returned to this part of the world in August, after 4 months of continuous night. Now the station is getting ready for an influx of summer visitors.

Glowing orbs in space that look like a spooky mask.

Hubble brings you a spooky cosmic face

This ghostly face, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on June 19, is actually a collision of 2 galaxies of about equal size, 704 million light-years from Earth.

Silhouette of a tree against a purple-pink sky, small dot of light on the upper left.

Jupiter at sunset

Jim AndRobin Moore in Nitro, West Virginia, captured Jupiter as the sun was setting on Monday.

Cosmic saguaro

Saguaro cactus in the starlight, in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona.

Star trails from the ISS

Photo of star trails by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS).