Astronomy Picture of the Day: Meteor, Comet, and Seagull (Nebula)

A meteor, a comet, and a photogenic nebula have all been captured in this single image.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Halo of the Cat's Eye

Not a Falcon 9 rocket launch after sunset, the Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) is one of the best known planetary nebulae in the sky.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Summer to Winter Milky Way

Taken near local midnight, this autumn night's panorama follows the arch of the Milky Way across the northern horizon from the High Fens, Eifel Nature Park at the border of Belgium and Germany.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Cherenkov Telescope at Sunset

On October 10, a new telescope reflected the light of the setting Sun.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: M15: Dense Globular Star Cluster

Messier 15 is an immense swarm of over 100,000 stars.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Jupiter in Ultraviolet from Hubble

Jupiter looks a bit different in ultraviolet light.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: M16: In and Around the Eagle Nebula

From afar, the whole thing looks like an Eagle. A closer look at the Eagle Nebula, however, shows the bright region is actually a window into the center of a larger dark shell of dust.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Orion in Red and Blue

When did Orion become so flashy? This colorful rendition of part of the constellation of Orion comes from red light emitted by hydrogen and sulfur (SII), and blue-green light emitted by oxygen (OIII).

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Skygazers on the Beach

Kona, a young boxer, is a dog who loves splashing in the waves along Solana Beach near San Diego, planet Earth.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Falcon 9 Nebula

Not the Hubble Space Telescope's latest view of a distant planetary nebula, this illuminated cloud of gas and dust dazzled even casual U.S. west coast skygazers on October 7.

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