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See it! Crepuscular rays

Those beams of light shooting out from the horizon or down from the clouds are called crepuscular rays, or sunrays. Beautiful, mysterious and very noticeable.

Reaching to the stars

Photographer Miska Saarikko titled this image Reaching to the Stars.

Every point is a galaxy

At first glance, it’s just a square filled with tiny grains of static. But incredible as it is to imagine, every single point of light in this image is actually a distant galaxy, as observed by ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory.

Beautiful photos! Full moon eclipse and Mars

Earth flew between the sun and Mars this week, so, during yesterday’s total lunar eclipse, the moon and Mars were close. Photos from the EarthSky community here.

Night-shining clouds over Estonia

Kairo Kiitsak captured an impressive display of noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds, in Simuna, Estonia on July 26, 2018. Noctilucent clouds are seen at high latitudes only from about mid-May to August. Wondrous, if you can catch them!

See it! Mars is very bright now

It’s the brightest Mars has been in our sky since since 2003. Photos from the EarthSky community here.

Tennessee double rainbow

Becky Gillum captured this double rainbow in Cherokee Lake, Tennessee. She said, “With all the storms we’ve been having, it was only a matter of time until a rainbow appeared.”

Dust storm rolls in on Mars

Forecast for Mars: dust! This smaller storm appeared on Mars in April 2018, prior to the planet-wide storm happening now.

Mars from the International Space Station

Astronaut photo of Mars from the International Space Station (ISS), In this image, Mars has been highlighted and enlarged 20 times.

Meteor, Mars and Milky Way

Night sky over South Korea’s Mount Seoraksan.