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Mammatus Clouds over Saskatchewan

Mammatus Clouds over Saskatchewan

Copyright: Michael F Johnston When do cloud bottoms appear like bubbles? Normally, cloud bottoms are flat. This is because moist warm air that rises and cools will condense into water droplets at a specific temperature, which usually corresponds to a very specific height. As water droplets grow, an opaque cloud forms. Under some conditions, however, […]

Fire in Space

Fire in Space

Copyright: What does fire look like in space? In the gravity on Earth, heated air rises and expands, causing flames to be teardrop shaped. In the microgravity of the air-filled International Space Station (ISS), however, flames are spheres. Fire is the rapid acquisition of oxygen, and space flames meet new oxygen molecules when they float […]

Perseus and the Lost Meteors

Perseus and the Lost Meteors

Copyright: Tomas SlovinskySlovakiaPetr HoralekCzech RepublicInstitute of Physics in Opava What’s the best way to watch a meteor shower? This question might come up later this week when the annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks. One thing that is helpful is a dark sky, as demonstrated in the featured composite image of last year’s Perseids. Many more […]

A Perseid Below

A Perseid Below

Copyright: rthlings typically watch meteor showers by looking up. But this remarkable view, captured on August 13, 2011 by astronaut Ron Garan, caught a Perseid meteor by looking down. From Garan’s perspective onboard the International Space Station orbiting at an altitude of about 380 kilometers, the Perseid meteors streak below, swept up dust left from […]

Jezero Crater: Raised Ridges in 3D

Jezero Crater: Raised Ridges in 3D

Copyright: Get out your red-blue glasses and hover over the surface of Mars. Taken on July 24, the 3D color view is from the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter’s 10th flight above the Red Planet. Two images from Ingenuity’s color camera, both captured at an altitude of 12 meters (40 feet), but a few meters apart to […]

Stars and Dust Across Corona Australis

Stars and Dust Across Corona Australis

Copyright: Vikas Chander Cosmic dust clouds cross a rich field of stars in this telescopic vista near the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. Less than 500 light-years away the dust clouds effectively block light from more distant background stars in the Milky Way. Top to bottom the frame spans about 2 degrees […]

Tycho and Clavius

Tycho and Clavius

Copyright: Eduardo Schaberger Poupeau South is up in this detailed telescopic view across the Moon’s rugged southern highlands. Captured on July 20, the lunar landscape features the Moon’s young and old, the large craters Tycho and Clavius. About 100 million years young, Tycho is the sharp-walled 85 kilometer diameter crater near center, its 2 kilometer […]

EHT Resolves Central Jet from Black Hole in Cen A

EHT Resolves Central Jet from Black Hole in Cen A

Copyright: How do supermassive black holes create powerful jets? To help find out, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) imaged the center of the nearby active galaxy Centaurus A. The cascade of featured inset images shows Cen A from it largest, taking up more sky than many moons, to its now finest, taking up only as […]

A Perseid Fireball and the Milky Way

A Perseid Fireball and the Milky Way

Copyright: Dandan Huang It was bright and green and flashed as it moved quickly along the Milky Way. It left a trail that took 30 minutes to dissipate. Given the day, August 12, and the direction, away from Perseus, it was likely a small bit from the nucleus of Comet Swift-Tuttle plowing through the Earth’s […]

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in Light and Sound

Copyright: Have you heard about the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field? Either way, you’ve likely not heard about it like this — please run your cursor over the featured image and listen! The Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF) was created in 2003-2004 with the Hubble Space Telescope staring for a long time toward near-empty space so that distant, […]

Pluto in Enhanced Color

Pluto in Enhanced Color

Copyright: Pluto is more colorful than we can see. Color data and high-resolution images of our Solar System’s most famous dwarf planet, taken by the robotic New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby in 2015 July, have been digitally combined to give an enhanced-color view of this ancient world sporting an unexpectedly young surface. The featured […]

Remembering NEOWISE

Remembering NEOWISE

Copyright: Petr Horalek It was just last July. If you could see the stars of the Big Dipper, you could find Comet NEOWISE in your evening sky. After sunset denizens of the north could look for the naked-eye comet below the bowl of that famous celestial kitchen utensil and above the northwestern horizon. The comet […]

Mimas in Saturnlight

Mimas in Saturnlight

Copyright: Peering from the shadows, the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Mimas lies in near darkness alongside a dramatic sunlit crescent. The mosaic was captured near the Cassini spacecraft’s final close approach on January 30, 2017. Cassini’s camera was pointed in a nearly sunward direction only 45,000 kilometers from Mimas. The result is one of the highest […]

Fleming’s Triangular Wisp

Fleming’s Triangular Wisp

Copyright: Anthony Saab Chaotic in appearance, these tangled filaments of shocked, glowing gas are spread across planet Earth’s sky toward the constellation of Cygnus as part of the Veil Nebula. The Veil Nebula itself is a large supernova remnant, an expanding cloud born of the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the original […]