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A Distorted Sunrise Eclipse

Copyright: Elias Chasiotis Yes, but have you ever seen a sunrise like this? Here, after initial cloudiness, the Sun appeared to rise in two pieces and during a partial eclipse in 2019, causing the photographer to describe it as the most stunning sunrise of his life. The dark circle near the top of the atmospherically-reddened […]

Plane, Clouds, Moon, Spots, Sun

Copyright: Doyle and Shannon Slifer What’s that in front of the Sun? The closest object is an airplane, visible just below the Sun’s center and caught purely by chance. Next out are numerous clouds in Earth’s atmosphere, creating a series of darkened horizontal streaks. Farther out is Earth’s Moon, seen as the large dark circular […]

The Once and Future Stars of Andromeda

Copyright: This picture of Andromeda shows not only where stars are now, but where stars will be. The big, beautiful Andromeda Galaxy, M31, is a spiral galaxy a mere 2.5 million light-years away. Image data from space-based and ground-based observatories have been combined here to produce this intriguing composite view of Andromeda at wavelengths both […]

Edwin Hubble Discovers the Universe

Copyright: Carnegie Institution for Science How big is our universe? This question, among others, was debated by two leading astronomers in 1920 in what has since become known as astronomy’s Great Debate. Many astronomers then believed that our Milky Way Galaxy was the entire universe. Many others, though, believed that our galaxy was just one […]

IC 2118: The Witch Head Nebula

Copyright: Abdullah Alharbi Does this nebula look like the head of a witch? The nebula is known popularly as the Witch Head Nebula because, it is said, the nebula’s shape resembles a Halloween-style caricature of a witch’s head. Exactly how, though, can be a topic of imaginative speculation. What is clear is that IC 2118 […]

MyCn 18: The Engraved Hourglass Planetary Nebula

Copyright: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA; Processing & Copyright: Harshwardhan Pathak Do you see the hourglass shape — or does it see you? If you can picture it, the rings of MyCn 18 trace the outline of an hourglass — although one with an unusual eye in its center. Either way, the sands of time are […]

Sprite Lightning in High Definition

Copyright: Nicolas Escurat Sometimes lightning occurs out near space. One such lightning type is red sprite lightning, which has only been photographed and studied on Earth over the past 25 years. The origins of all types of lightning remain topics for research, and scientists are still trying to figure out why red sprite lightning occurs […]

A Desert Eclipse

Copyright: Maxime Daviron A good place to see a ring-of-fire eclipse, it seemed, would be from a desert. In a desert, there should be relatively few obscuring clouds and trees. Therefore late December of 2019, a group of photographers traveled to the United Arab Emirates and Rub al-Khali, the largest continuous sand desert in world, […]

A Harvest Moon over Tuscany

Copyright: Antonio Tartarini For northern hemisphere dwellers, September’s Full Moon was the Harvest Moon. Reflecting warm hues at sunset, it rises behind cypress trees huddled on a hill top in Tuscany, Italy in this telephoto view from September 28. Famed in festival, story, and song, Harvest Moon is just the traditional name of the full […]

Back from Bennu

Copyright: Back from asteroid 101955 Bennu, a 110-pound, 31-inch wide sample return capsule rests in a desert on planet Earth in this photo, taken at the Department of Defense Utah Test and Training Range near Salt Lake City last Sunday, September 24. Dropped off by the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft, the capsule looks charred from the extreme […]

The Deep Lagoon

Copyright: Josep Drudis Ridges of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds inhabit the turbulent, cosmic depths of the Lagoon Nebula. Also known as M8, The bright star forming region is about 5,000 light-years distant. It makes for a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius toward the center of our Milky Way […]

STEVE and Milky Way Cross over Rural Road

Copyright: Theresa Clarke Not every road ends in a STEVE. A week ago, a sky enthusiast’s journey began with a goal: to photograph an aurora over Lake Huron. Driving through rural Ontario, Canada, the forecasted sky show started unexpectedly early, causing the photographer to stop before arriving at the scenic Great Lake. Aurora images were […]

IC 4592: The Blue Horsehead Reflection Nebula

Copyright: Antoine & Dalia Grelin Do you see the horse’s head? What you are seeing is not the famous Horsehead nebula toward Orion, but rather a fainter nebula that only takes on a familiar form with deeper imaging. The main part of the here-imaged molecular cloud complex is reflection nebula IC 4592. Reflection nebulas are […]

Arp 142: The Hummingbird Galaxy

Copyright: What’s happening to this spiral galaxy? Just a few hundred million years ago, NGC 2936, the upper of the two large galaxies shown at the bottom, was likely a normal spiral galaxy — spinning, creating stars — and minding its own business. But then it got too close to the massive elliptical galaxy NGC […]

A Ring of Fire Sunrise Solar Eclipse

Copyright: What’s rising above the horizon behind those clouds? It’s the Sun. Most sunrises don’t look like this, though, because most sunrises don’t include the Moon. In the early morning of 2013 May 10, however, from Western Australia, the Moon was between the Earth and the rising Sun. At times, it would be hard for […]