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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Rocket Plume Shadow Points to the Moon

Why would the shadow of a space shuttle launch plume point toward the Moon?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: An Active Prominence on the Sun

Sometimes the Sun's surface becomes a whirlwind of activity.

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: At Last GLAST

Rising through a billowing cloud of smoke, a long time ago from a planet very very close by, this Delta II rocket left Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's launch pad 17-B at 12:05 pm EDT on June 11, 2008.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Fermi Science Playoffs

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope was launched into orbit on June 11th, 2008.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Clash of NGC 3256

Marked by an unusually bright central region, swirling dust lanes, and far flung tidal tails, peculiar NGC 3256 is the aftermath of a truly cosmic collision.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: A Sun Pillar over Norway

Have you ever seen a sun pillar? When the air is cold and the Sun is rising or setting, falling ice crystals can reflect sunlight and create an unusual column of light.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Complex Jupiter

How complex is Jupiter? NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter is finding the Jovian giant to be more complicated than expected.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Moon Setting Behind Teide Volcano

These people are not in danger. What is coming down from the left is just the Moon, far in the distance.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Mars Approach

Since the distance from Earth to Mars changes drastically as the planets orbit the Sun, Mars' appearance changes dramaticaly.

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