Shirley Ann Worthen

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Aging star blows off smoky bubble

A strikingly beautiful view of a delicate bubble of expelled material around the exotic red star U Antliae helps astronomers understand how stars …

Universe

The 20 Best Road Trips on Earth

Just you, the car, and the road ahead.<p>Taking a road trip is a must-do on any travel bucket list. Just jump in the car and start driving for these 20 …

Cassini's Grand Tour

0% loaded<p>Scroll to continue<p>Replay chapter<p>CASSINI’SGRAND TOUR<p>Nearly 20 years ago, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft left Earth and began a seven-year journey across the solar system. Its destination? Ringed Saturn and its many, many moons. After more than a decade exploring the system, Cassini will plunge …

Astronomy

Peering toward the Cosmic Dark Ages

During the Cosmic Dark Ages, our universe matured from a primordial soup of neutral gas to the star-filled cosmos we see today. A new study probes …

Universe

The Prisoner Who Painted Dachau’s Horrors

Georg Tauber’s sketches and paintings are now the subject of an exhibition at the very site where he was imprisoned between 1940 and 1945.<p>When Dr. …

Nazi Concentration Camps

Scientists are floored by NASA's new photos of Jupiter's Great Red Spot — here's what they see in the images

NASA's $1 billion Juno probe beamed back its latest photos of Jupiter on Wednesday, and the images are stunning.<p>The eye-popping new pictures feature the closest-ever views of the Great Red Spot (pictured above), a mega-storm between one and two times as wide as Earth.<p>While the public is having a …

Astronomy

Wow! Juno’s super-close Red Spot images

Raw images from the Juno spacecraft’s extremely close sweep past Jupiter’s Red Spot are beginning to come in. NASA invites you to help process …

Stardust sheds light on 1st stars

Astronomers observed a young galaxy, existing when the universe was only 4% of its current age. It had a mass of interstellar dust, formed during …

9 of the Strangest and Loveliest Dioramas You’ll Ever See

Behold the intricate detail of these exquisite miniature worlds.<p>While there are endless different kinds of dioramas, there is something that most all …

Jupiter abstract

This gorgeous image isn’t a painting. It’s a new photo by the daredevil Juno spacecraft, as it skimmed close to Jupiter on its last close pass near …

Curiosity rover spies Mars dust devils

As NASA explained, “On Mars, wind rules.”<p>NASA released this video on February 27, 2017 and wrote:<p>On recent summer afternoons on Mars, navigation …

Mars Rover

At the mouth of a Mars mega-flood

New images from ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft show an ancient outflow region, where fierce floodwaters once raged.<p>ESA released the beautiful image …

Astronomy

In face of injury, Brown puts positivity to the test

2015 U.S. champion's unflagging determination pays dividends in the end<p>When Jason Brown took the ice at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, …

Orion, from China’s Great Wall

The link between the constellation we know as Orion the Hunter and the Chinese New Year, celebrated throughout Southeast Asia and the world, and …

Peek Inside Buffalo’s Abandoned Art Deco Train Terminal

A look at the empty grand hall of a once-bustling station.<p>The main Amtrak stop in Buffalo, New York is known informally as ‘America’s Saddest Train …

Home galaxy found for fast radio burst

In a breakthrough study, astronomers pinpointed the location in the sky of a fast radio burst. That let them determine its home galaxy, and improve …

Venus and a cloud shadow

Another sunset spectacle from Peter Lowenstein’s hilltop perch above Mutare, Zimbabwe.<p>On December 26, 10 minutes after the sun had set below the …

Snow in the Sahara Desert

Snow in a place where summertime temperatures are high – though wintertime temps can drop to freezing – and where precipitation from the skies is …

Great Egrets Take Flight

bioGraphic<p>Once hunted to near-extinction, Europe’s great egrets find refuge along Hungary's …

Ice monster lighthouse

“The lighthouse is starting to look like an ice monster,” said Joshua Nowicki. He took this shot on December 15 on the north pier in Saint Joseph, …

Lighthouses

Going the distance: 300 miles of Redwoods and beaches

Northern California is the perfect place to get away from it all. Whether you’re getting some solitude among the stands of massive redwood trees, or …

Hiking

Cassini’s penultimate orbit: 1st images

Cassini spacecraft at Saturn now in its final year. Carolyn Porco said: “Let these images … remind you that we’ve lived a bold and daring adventure …

Sun halo and sun dogs

Rima Biswas in Baltimore, Maryland, captured the December sun with two sun dogs and a luminous halo.<p>Sun dogs are an atmospheric phenomenon that …

Astronomy

Growing Up in a Library Is Exactly As Magical As You’d Imagine

Ronald Clark and his daughter spent years living in one of New York City’s branch libraries.<p>For a certain type of bookish kid (or, let’s be honest, …

New York City

Milky Way over Eagle Lake, Maine

Stars reflecting in the largest fresh water lake in Maine’s ruggedly beautiful Acadia National Park.<p>Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in …

Gravity waves over China

Gravity waves traveling upwards from the lower atmosphere caused this unusual banded structure in airglow above China in late November.<p>Jeff Dai, who …

First images from ExoMars mission

A camera on board ESA’s ExoMars mission has returned its first images from orbit. It was meant to be a test, but the images are spectacular.<p>The video …

Supermoon photos from around the world

EarthSky received many photos of the bright and beautiful supermoon. We loved them all and thank you all! See editors’ favorites here.<p>The instant of …

Peeling Back the History of Soviet Wallpaper

What do the walls of abandoned Soviet-era apartments look like?<p>In the summer of 2014, Elena Amabili and Alessandro Calvaresi were photographing the …