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Jyväskylä in the Sky

Copyright: Harri Kiiskinen You might not immediately recognize this street map of a neighborhood in Jyväskylä, Finland, planet Earth. But that’s probably because the map was projected into the night sky and captured with an allsky camera on January 16. The temperature recorded on that northern winter night was around minus 20 degrees Celsius. As […]

Earth and Moon from Beyond

Copyright: What do the Earth and Moon look like from beyond the Moon? Although frequently photographed together, the familiar duo was captured with this unusual perspective in late 2022 by the robotic Orion spacecraft of NASA’s Artemis I mission as it looped around Earth’s most massive satellite and looked back toward its home world. Since […]

Deep Nebulas: From Seagull to California

Copyright: Alistair Symon How well do you know the night sky? OK, but how well can you identify famous sky objects in a very deep image? Either way, here is a test: see if you can find some well-known night-sky icons in a deep image filled with faint nebulosity. This image contains the Pleiades star […]

Shadows of Mountain and Moon

Copyright: Enzo Massa Micon Can the Moon and a mountain really cast similar shadows? Yes, but the division between light and dark does not have to be aligned. Pictured, a quarter moon was captured above the mountain Grivola in Italy in early October of 2022. The Sun is to the right of the featured picturesque […]

The Upper Michigan Blizzard of 1938

Copyright: Yes, but can your blizzard do this? In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s Storm of the Century in 1938, some snow drifts reached the level of utility poles. Nearly a meter of new and unexpected snow fell over two days in a storm that started 86 years ago this week. As snow fell and […]

Falcon Heavy Boostback Burn

Copyright: Dennis Huff The December 28 night launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida marked the fifth launch for the rocket’s reusable side boosters. About 2 minutes 20 seconds into the flight, the two side boosters separated from the rocket’s core stage. Starting just after booster separation, this three minute […]

Jupiter over 2 Hours and 30 Minutes

Copyright: Jupiter, our Solar System’s ruling gas giant, is also the fastest spinning planet, rotating once in less than 10 hours. The gas giant doesn’t rotate like a solid body though. A day on Jupiter is about 9 hours and 56 minutes long at the poles, decreasing to 9 hours and 50 minutes near the […]

Northern Lights from the Stratosphere

Copyright: Ralf Rohner Northern lights shine in this night skyview from planet Earth’s stratosphere, captured on January 15. The single, 5 second exposure was made with a hand-held camera on board an aircraft above Winnipeg, Canada. During the exposure, terrestrial lights below leave colorful trails along the direction of motion of the speeding aircraft. Above […]

America and the Sea of Serenity

Copyright: Gene Cernan Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this stereo view of another world. The scene was recorded by Apollo 17 mission commander Eugene Cernan on December 11, 1972, one orbit before descending to land on the Moon. The stereo anaglyph was assembled from two photographs (AS17-147-22465, AS17-147-22466) captured from his vantage […]

The Orion You Can Almost See

Copyright: Michele Guzzini Do you recognize this constellation? Although it is one of the most recognizable star groupings on the sky, this is a more full Orion than you can see — an Orion only revealed with long exposure digital camera imaging and post- processing. Here the cool red giant Betelgeuse takes on a strong […]

Star Cluster IC 348 from Webb

Copyright: Sometimes, it’s the stars that are the hardest to see that are the most interesting. IC 348 is a young star cluster that illuminates surrounding filamentary dust. The stringy and winding dust appears pink in this recently released infrared image from the Webb Space Telescope. In visible light, this dust reflects mostly blue light, […]

Dragon Aurora over Iceland

Copyright: Jingyi Zhang & Wang Zheng Have you ever seen a dragon in the sky? Although real flying dragons don’t exist, a huge dragon-shaped aurora developed in the sky over Iceland in 2019. The aurora was caused by a hole in the Sun’s corona that expelled charged particles into a solar wind that followed a […]

Circling the Sun

Copyright: Radoslav Zboran rth’s orbit around the Sun is not a circle, it’s an ellipse. The point along its elliptical orbit where our fair planet is closest to the Sun is called perihelion. This year, perihelion was on January 2 at 01:00 UTC, with the Earth about 3 million miles closer to the Sun than […]

Good Morning Moon

Copyright: Michael Luy Yesterday, the Moon was New. But on January 9, early morning risers around planet Earth were treated to the sight of an old Moon, low in the east as the sky grew bright before dawn. Above the city of Saarburg in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany, this simple snapshot found the waning Moon’s sunlit […]

Quadrantids of the North

Copyright: 염범석 Yeom Beom-seok Named for a forgotten constellation, the Quadrantid Meteor Shower puts on an annual show for planet Earth’s northern hemisphere skygazers. The shower’s radiant on the sky lies within the old, astronomically obsolete constellation Quadrans Muralis. That location is not far from the Big Dipper asterism, known to some as the Plough, […]