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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: Curiosity's Dusty Self

Winds on Mars can't actually blow spacecraft over. But in the low gravity, martian winds can loft fine dust particles in planet-wide storms, like the dust storm now raging on the Red Planet.

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: Pillars of the Eagle Nebula in Infrared

Newborn stars are forming in the Eagle Nebula. Gravitationally contracting in pillars of dense gas and dust, the intense radiation of these newly-formed bright stars is causing surrounding material to boil away.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Ancients of Sea and Sky

They may look like round rocks, but they're alive.

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: Mars Engulfed

What's happened to Mars? In 2001, Mars underwent a tremendous planet-wide dust storm

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Dusty With a Chance of Dust

It's storm season on Mars. Dusty with a chance of dust is the weather report for Gale crater as a recent planet-scale dust storm rages.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Little Planet Soyuz

Engines blazing, a large rocket bids farewell to this little planet. Of course, the little planet is really planet Earth and the large rocket is a Soyuz-FG rocket.

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