Images October 25, 2017

Yuri Beletsky caught this twilight photo on June 5, 2017. He wrote: “We were absolutely thrilled to witness truly amazing burst of colors over the mountains in Torres del Paine national park in Chilean Patagonia. The colorful moment lasted just few minutes, but it was quite spectacular indeed. At some point we had a feeling that the whole scene was flooded with soft red glow coming from the sky. I hope you’ll enjoy the view!”


Jill Whamond captured this virga in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on May 28, 2017.


Photo taken April 27, 2017 by Martin Marthadinata.
Martin Marthadinata wrote from East Java, Indonesia:
I captured the Milky Way when I traveled to Mount Ijen, Banyuwangi East Java, Indonesia.


Ijen’s blue flame. It’s not lava. It’s the combustion of sulphuric gases and when they come in contact with the air. The gases ignite, sending the flames up. Some of the gases like you see on this picture condense into liquid sulphur, that why it gives the feeling of lava flowing. Photo via Wanderlust East Java, which also has a lot of background on this phenomenon.


Manish Mamtani captured this image at Salt Pond on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. “Happy to be back chasing the Milky Way,” he said.


Image at top is from our friend Tom Wildoner at It’s the planet Venus in the east at dawn. Tomorrow morning – June 3, 2017 – Venus reaches a milestone in its present apparition in the morning sky. The planet will be at its greatest western elongation, or greatest angular distance west of the sun on our sky’s dome. Watch for Venus to blaze mightily in the east this weekend, as dawn climbs into the sky.


You can’t miss Venus. It’s the brightest planet, and 3rd-brightest object in the sky after the sun and moon. Here’s a colorful view from Lisa Spielmaker in Michigan.

All photo’s courtesy of EarthSky News