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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Galaxy in a Crystal Ball

A small crystal ball seems to hold a whole galaxy in this creative snapshot.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Northern Lights and Noctilucent Clouds

Skies after the near-solstice sunset on June 17 are reflected in this calm lake.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Saturn's Iapetus: Painted Moon

What has happened to Saturn's moon Iapetus? Vast sections of this strange world are dark as coal, while others are as bright as ice.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Jupiter Season, Hawaiian Sky

Volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawaii has increased since this Hawaiian night skyscape was recorded earlier this year.

Gamma Cygni .IC1318 Butterfly Nebula


Astronomy Picture of the Day: Aurora and Manicouagan Crater from the Space Station

How many of these can you find in today's featured photograph: an aurora, airglow, one of the oldest impact craters on the Earth, snow and ice, stars, city lights, and part of the International Space Station?

galaxy core and the dark horse


M51

LRGB M 51

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Titan: Moon over Saturn

Like Earth's moon, Saturn's largest moon Titan is locked in synchronous rotation.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Craters and Shadows at the Lunar Terminator

Why does the right part of this image of the Moon stand out? Shadows.

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