Category: NIGHT

A stunning view of the planet at night from an altitude of 240 miles, it was recorded on March 28, 2012. The lights of Moscow, Russia are near picture center and one of the station’s solar panel arrays is on the left.

Image Credit: ISS Expedition 30, NASA

Comet C/2006 M4 (SWAN)

Credit: Michael Jäger & Gerald Rhemann

Comet C/2006 M4 (SWAN)

Credit: Michael Jäger & Gerald Rhemann

Gibbous Moon

image credit: Paul Stewart

Gibbous Moon

image credit: Paul Stewart

This dreamlike view looking south from the historic mountain top Pic du Midi Observatory combines moonlit domes, a winter night sky, and the snowy peaks of the French Pyrenees. Encroaching on the night, lights from the La Mongie ski resort illuminate the mountain slopes nearby while the glow along the distant horizon is from urban areas in southern France and Spain. The night skyfeatures stars of the constellations Orion and Gemini with a bright planet Mars very near the top edge, left of center. The three prominent domes visible (from left to right) house a 0.6 meter telescope reserved for amateur astronomers, a 1 meter telescope that was used to support the Apollo lunar landing missions, and the new, Sun-watching CLIMSO.

Credit: Alain Sallez (picdumidi.org), David Romeuf (Université Lyon 1)

This dreamlike view looking south from the historic mountain top Pic du Midi Observatory combines moonlit domes, a winter night sky, and the snowy peaks of the French Pyrenees. Encroaching on the night, lights from the La Mongie ski resort illuminate the mountain slopes nearby while the glow along the distant horizon is from urban areas in southern France and Spain. The night skyfeatures stars of the constellations Orion and Gemini with a bright planet Mars very near the top edge, left of center. The three prominent domes visible (from left to right) house a 0.6 meter telescope reserved for amateur astronomers, a 1 meter telescope that was used to support the Apollo lunar landing missions, and the new, Sun-watching CLIMSO.

Credit: Alain Sallez (picdumidi.org), David Romeuf (Université Lyon 1)

The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places in the world, making it ideal for astronomers who seek the most crystal-clear conditions in the night sky. As dusk falls, our ESO Ultra HD Expedition team get ready for another night of imaging.

Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

South Moon by

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The 10 Brightest Stars in the Night Sky (source)

  1. Sirius
  2. Canopus
  3. Rigil Kentaurus 
  4. Arcturus
  5. Vega
  6. Capella 
  7. Rigel
  8. Procyon
  9. Achernar
  10. Betelgeuse