Astronomy Picture of the Day: Glowing Elements in the Soul Nebula

Stars are forming in the Soul of the Queen of Aethopia.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Active Prominences on a Quiet Sun

Why is the Sun so quiet? As the Sun enters into a period of time known as a Solar Minimum, it is, as expected, showing fewer sunspots and active regions than usual.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Asperitas Clouds Over New Zealand

What kind of clouds are these? Although their cause is presently unknown, such unusual atmospheric structures, as menacing as they might seem, do not appear to be harbingers of meteorological doom.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Seeing Titan

Shrouded in a thick atmosphere, Saturn's largest moon Titan really is hard to see.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Perseid Fireball and Persistent Train

Before local midnight on August 12, this brilliant Perseid meteor flashed above the Poloniny Dark Sky Park, Slovakia, planet Earth. Streaking beside the summer Milky Way, its initial color is likely due to the shower meteor's characteristically high

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Parker vs Perseid

The brief flash of a bright Perseid meteor streaks across the upper right in this composited series of exposures made early Sunday morning near the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Launch of the Parker Solar Probe

When is the best time to launch a probe to the Sun?

Astronomy Picture of the Day: M86 in the Central Virgo Cluster

Is there a bridge of gas connecting these two great galaxies? Quite possibly, but it is hard to be sure.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Pencil Nebula in Red and Blue

This shock wave plows through interstellar space at over 500,000 kilometers per hour.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Meteor before Galaxy

What's that green streak in front of the Andromeda galaxy? A meteor.

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