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Galaxies look like fireflies

In the darkness of the distant universe, galaxies resemble glowing fireflies, flickering candles, or sparks floating up from a bonfire.

‘Absolutely insane airglow’

Those were the words of astrophotographer Yuri Beletsky, who captured this image on May 10 from Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.

Jupiter rising, Venus setting

Venus and Jupiter are the sky’s 2 brightest planets, and they hang on either side of your sky now – Jupiter in the east and Venus in the west – shortly after the sun goes down.

Springtime at Ladd Observatory

Ladd Observatory is located at Brown University in Providence in the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano

Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Here are images and video from its ongoing eruption in Hawaii.

Eta Aquariid in moonlight

Who says you can’t catch meteors in moonlight? Check out this beautiful shot of one of this weekend’s Eta Aquariid meteors from Eliot Herman in Tucson.

Tangled up in blue

NASA’s SDO captured the sun’s only visible active region putting on a fine display.

Root of the rainbow

A rainbow happens when sunlight hits water droplets in the air. Look opposite the sun after or during a rain shower.

Gaia sees LMC stars as galactic fingerprint

It resembles a fingerprint, doesn’t it? But it’s really a galaxy, rotating. This image is from ESA’s Gaia space observatory. It shows the rotation of the Large Magellanic Cloud.

See it! This week’s moon and Jupiter

The moon swept past the very bright planet Jupiter this week. Gorgeous photos from the EarthSky community, here. Thanks to all who submitted!