SDO spies its 1st lunar transit of 2021

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been continuously observing the sun since its launch in 2010. From its vantage point above Earth, it sees the moon pass in front of the sun 2 to 5 times a year.

A twilight sky with Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter marked.

Planetary trio: Photos of Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn

The planetary trio has come and gone, but some in EarthSky’s community captured photos!

Some last looks at Venus

The planet Venus has been blazing in our eastern sky before sunup for many months. Now it’s getting very near the sunrise glare. The waning moon just swept past it. Enjoy these photos of Venus as it descends into the dawn. It’ll be gone by about mid-February.

Freezing fog turns trees white.

The beauty of winter 2021

Enjoy photographs of winter 2021 and all of its beautiful snow and unusual icy shapes!

View from orbit of a volcano puffing out a plume of steam, ash and rock fragments.

View from space: An outburst from Popocatépetl

Popocatépetl volcano near Mexico City has been erupting since January 2005. On January 6, Mexico’s National Center for Prevention of Disasters, which continuously monitors the volcano, warned people not to approach due to an outburst that caused falling ash and rock fragments.

Star trails over a tree-lined path

Photo of star trails over a tree-lined path in Iran.

The sky in 2020

A collection of astronomical photos of 2020 from southern British Columbia, Canada. The music is ‘Windswept’ by Kevin Macleod.

Full moon behind California hills.

Photos of the last full moon of the year and decade

Photographers around the world are sharing their pics of the last full moon of 2020 and this decade, which occurred on December 29 or 30, depending on your location.

Jupiter and Saturn above bright city lights.

Your photos of 2020’s historic Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn’s great conjunction – where they appeared exceedingly close on the sky’s dome – was December 21. Thank you to EarthSky community members from around the world who captured photos!

Personal solstices

Photos from EarthSky community members around the world, showing what the December solstice – bringing winter to half of Earth, and summer to the other half – means to them. Thanks to all of you for sharing these evocative images with us!

A composite of Geminid meteors on December 14, 2020.

Favorite photos of 2020’s Geminid meteor shower

EarthSky community members from around the world share their photos and experiences of this year’s Geminid meteor shower, here.

The whole globe of Earth, with a dark blot in one area: the moon's shadow.

The moon’s shadow on Earth yesterday

During a total solar eclipse, the moon’s shadow sweeps across Earth. Those in the shadow’s path see the total eclipse. Those outside the path of the shadow may see varying stages of a partial eclipse.

Favorite photos: December 2020’s waning moon and Venus

A few of our favorite images of the waning crescent moon and dazzling planet Venus in the early-morning sky.

Woodpecker’s winter stash

Acorn woodpeckers can be found in the North American West, and in Mexico and Central America. They harvest acorns directly from oak trees, then store the nuts in individually drilled holes in one or more trees, known as “granaries.” A single tree may be carrying 50,000 stored nuts!

Gaia’s 3rd data release, in numbers

The much-anticipated 3rd data release from the Gaia space observatory happened today.

Sunspots on the December 1st sun.

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.

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.