Mesmerizing Aurora in Dramatic Landscapes of Fire, Ice, and Shadow

Aurora are beautiful, but the fire and smoke of Bárðarbunga step it up to gorgeous. The weekend kicked off with the Earth putting on a glorious display of green, blue, purple, and red, and countless photographers braved varied terrain to capture the ephemeral light for your viewing pleasure. » 9/13/14 12:01pm Saturday 12:01pm

Never-Before-Seen Photo of Europa Shows Rivers of Red Ice

The folks at JPL just published a new image of the surface of Europa – Jupiter's watery, chaotic, eruptive, and potentially life-harboring satellite. The photograph illustrates the contrast between the moon's relatively pure water ice (blue-white terrain) and its saltier, and thereby ruddier, surface ice. » 7/09/14 3:40pm 7/09/14 3:40pm

This 360° Panoramic Time-lapse Of The Night Sky Is Incredible

Astrophotographer Vincent Brady rigged up four – four – DSLR cameras, each equipped with a fish-eye lens, into a filming contraption of his own design so he could capture the footage required for this gobstopping 360° panoramic time-lapse of the night sky. "Beautiful" doesn't begin to describe it. » 6/21/14 5:00pm 6/21/14 5:00pm

Recharge Your Cosmic Awe With These Images Of Galaxies In Deep Space

Monday is the cosmic wonder-killer. It's really hard to remember that we live in a beautiful, insane universe, crammed with astonishing miracles of creation. So as a public service, we're sharing some absolutely stunning images of galaxies in deep space. Look at these, and remember to reach for greatness! » 4/28/14 4:20pm 4/28/14 4:20pm

Meet the telescope behind the Pac-Man photos

According to the memes circling around this weekend, Mecha Pac-Man has a fondness for lunar cheese and starlight, gaping wide to gobble them both. In reality, the telescope behind the Pac-Man photograph is Auxiliary Telescope 2, an essential component of the most productive ground-based telescope on the planet. » 3/11/14 6:08pm 3/11/14 6:08pm

Aurorae ignite the skies over Fairbanks, AK

This remarkable sequence of images was photographed last month by photographer LeRoy Zimmerman. The images were captured last month over the (surprisingly long) course of thirty minutes, and depict roughly 500 kilometers of aurora unfurling across a 150-degree vertical stretch of subarctic firmament. Sez Zimmerman: "I… » 1/04/14 5:00pm 1/04/14 5:00pm

For All Hallows' Eve: Some of Our Very Favorite Space Porn

Part of the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Veil Nebula, "The Witch's Broom Nebula" (aka NGC 6960) comprises the glowing, gaseous remains of a supernova explosion dating to somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 years ago. It's also one of our all-time favorite astrophotographic subjects. Click here to see it in high-res. » 10/31/13 1:38pm 10/31/13 1:38pm

Deep and Wide: Stunning Amateur View of the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae

Here’s a beautiful deep look at a wide-field view of the Lagoon Nebula (M8, NGC 6523) and the Trifid Nebula (M20, NGC 6514) along with star cluster M21 and star forming region NGC6559. Amateur astronomer and astrophotographer Terry Hancock from Michigan says this is one of his favorite fields of view to observe. » 8/09/13 4:20pm 8/09/13 4:20pm

Rescued: The Victorian Observatory Where Early Moon Pictures Were Shot

This is the observatory at the Penllergare estate near Swansea, in South Wales, where Victorian astronomer and photographer John Dillwyn Llewelyn took some of the first pictures of the Moon's surface in 1857. It's been crumbling into neglect for years, but now a £2.9m Lottery Heritage Fund project will restore it. » 7/16/13 12:07pm 7/16/13 12:07pm