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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: Six Planets from Yosemite

The five naked-eye planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, have been seen since ancient times to wander the night skies of planet Earth.

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?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Coronal Rain on the Sun

Does it rain on the Sun? Yes, although what falls is not water but extremely hot plasma.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Night Sky Highlights: March to May

What might you see in the night sky over the next few months?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Flying over the Earth at Night II

What would it be like to orbit the Earth?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Dual Particle Beams in Herbig-Haro 24

This might look like a double-bladed lightsaber, but these two cosmic jets actually beam outward from a newborn star in a galaxy near you

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Dueling Bands in the Night

What are these two bands in the sky?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Manhattan Skylines

City lights shine along the upper east side of Manahattan in this dramatic urban night skyscape from February 13

Tips and Techniques for Photographing the Northern Lights


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