Astronomy Picture of the Day: The East 96th Street Moon

A very full Moon rose over Manhattan's Upper Eastside on June 28, known to some as the Strawberry Moon.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Messier 24: Sagittarius Star Cloud

Unlike most entries in Charles Messier's famous catalog of deep sky objects, M24 is not a bright galaxy, star cluster, or nebula.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Sigma Octantis and Friends

South pole star Sigma Octantis (of the constellation Octans) is on the left of this starry expanse spanning over 40 degrees across far southern skies.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Highlights of the Summer Sky

What can you see in the night sky this summer?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Dark Nebulas across Taurus

Sometimes even the dark dust of interstellar space has a serene beauty.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Hayabusa2 Approaches Asteroid Ryugu

It looks like a big space diamond -- but with craters.

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.

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