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A Full Circle Rainbow over Australia. Have you ever seen an entire rainbow? From the ground, typically, only the top portion of a rainbow is visible because directions toward the ground have fewer raindrops. From the air, though, the entire 360 degree circle of a rainbow is more commonly visible.

APOD: 2014 September 30 - A Full Circle Rainbow over Australia

Aurora over Maine Image Credit & Copyright: Jeremy P. Gray

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Lightning Hitting Plane Along The Path Of A Rainbow

Blitz schlägt bei Leipzig in landendes Flugzeug ein

A Breathtaking Aerial View of the Chicago Skyline as Reflected on Lake Michigan

An Aerial View of Anish Kapoor's Reflective 'Cloud Gate' Sculpture

Transfusing sunlight through a still dark sky, this exceptional display of noctilucent clouds was captured earlier this month above the island of Gotland, Sweden. From the edge of space, about 80 kilometers above Earth's surface, the icy clouds reflect sunlight even though the Sun itself is below the horizon as seen from the ground.

APOD: 2014 July 31 - Veins of Heaven

Conjunction by the Sea.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Why would clouds appear to be different colors? The reason here is that ice crystals in distant cirrus clouds are acting like little floating prisms. Sometimes known as a fire rainbow for its flame-like appearance, a circumhorizon arc lies parallel to the horizon.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Why did a picturesque 2010 volcanic eruption in Iceland create so much ash? Although the large ash plume was not unparalleled in its abundance, its location was particularly noticeable because it drifted across such well-populated areas. The Eyjafjallajökull volcano in southern Iceland began erupting on 2010 March 20, with a second eruption starting under the center of a small glacier on 2010 April 14.

Long after sunset on January 25 an unusually intense red airglow floods this south-looking skyscape. The scene was recorded with a long exposure using a digital camera over Yunnan Province in southwest China. At best faintly visible to the eye, the lingering airglow is due to chemiluminescence, the production of light through chemical excitation.

A bolt of lightning flashes in an erupting volcano in Japan in this photo taken by German photographer Martin Rietze at Sakurajima volcano, Japan. Sakurajima had been silent for 100 years when there was a huge eruption in 1914 which swallowed up nearby islands and created an isthmus to the mainland, ending its life as an island. Sakurajima's rumbled into life again in 1955 and has been erupting almost constantly ever since. Picture: Martin Rietze/National

Moon, Venus and Planet Earth. In this engaging scene from planet Earth, the Moon shines through cloudy skies following sunset on the evening of September 8. Despite the fading light, the camera's long exposure still recorded a colorful, detailed view of a shoreline and western horizon looking toward the island San Gabriel from Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Lights from Buenos Aires, Argentina are along the horizon on the left, across the broad Rio de la Plata estuary.

APOD: 2013 September 19 - Moon, Venus, and Planet Earth

A Super Moon's Halo.

Four Planet Sunset.

The Richat Structure in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is easily visible from space because it is nearly 50 kilometers across. Once thought to be an impact crater, the Richat Structure's flat middle and lack of shock-altered rock indicates otherwise.

2013 Earth and Sky Photo Contest — 3rd Place in Beauty of the Night Sky.

Jaw-Dropping Views of Night Sky and Earth Win Photo Contest

An extremely rare rainbow-colored pileus iridescent cloud over Ethiopia.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield currently living on the International Space Station has captured a spectacular view of Earth's volcanoes as they appear from high above the planet

Best Space Photos of the Week - Jan. 12, 2013

Mt. Hood and a Lenticular Cloud. What kind of cloud is next to that mountain? A lenticular. This type of cloud forms in air that passes over a mountain, rises up again, and cools past the dew point -- so what molecular water carried in the air condenses into droplets. The layered nature of some lenticular clouds may make them appear, to some, as large alien spaceships. In this case, the mountain pictured is Mt. Hood located in Oregon, USA.

Asperatus Clouds Over New Zealand.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Macro image of a snow flake. By Russian photographer Andrew Osokin

Macro image of a snow flake. By Russian photographer Andrew Osokin

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Bird vs. Praying Mantis.