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Winter blues

Sunset on Copt Hill, Sunderland, UK. Gary Pescod took this photo on January 18, 2018.

A new day from space

Sunrise from the International Space Station. The ISS crew sees a sunrise every 90 minutes.

Cloud tower, view from space

An ISS astronaut shot this photo of a massive cloud tower.

Best photos: Morning planets!

On Sunday morning, Jupiter and Mars were half a moon-diameter apart. Now the moon is sweeping past. Plus Mercury and Saturn are in conjunction this weekend. Photos here.

Sirius rising over Lake Huron

The bright star Sirius rising over Lake Huron in Michigan.

Winter light

Early January, over the Bothnian Sea in Sweden.

Sun pillar at Frankfort Lighthouse

You might see a sun pillar – or light pillar – extending upward (or downward) from a bright light source. They’re caused by ice crystals drifting in Earth’s air.

New year’s comets

Will 2018 give us a bright comet? There are a couple of possibilities. In the meantime, here are some photos of comets, visible through telescopes, as 2018 begins.

Sea smoke sunrise at Nubble Lighthouse

Sea smoke forms when very cold air moves over warmer water. Jatinkumar Thakkar braved the cold to capture this photo at Nubble Lighthouse in Maine on New Year’s Day.

See it! High tides and winter storms

High tides followed Monday’s supermoon, as Storm Eleanor plowed into Europe. Then a “bomb cyclone” hit the U.S. East Coast. Photos here showing winter’s power and terrible beauty.