Just days after sharing the western evening sky with Venus in 2007, the Moon moved on to Saturn - actually passing in front of the ringed planet Saturn when viewed in skies over Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. Because the Moon and bright planets wander through the sky near the ecliptic plane, such occultation events are not uncommon, but they are dramatic, especially in telescopic views.

Just days after sharing the western evening sky with Venus in 2007, the Moon moved on to Saturn - actually passing in front of the ringed planet Saturn when viewed in skies over Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. Because the Moon and bright planets wander through the sky near the ecliptic plane, such occultation events are not uncommon, but they are dramatic, especially in telescopic views.

The picture was taken by Astronaut Scott Kelly on August 9, 2015, the 135th day of his one-year mission in space on the International Space Station. The Milky Way stretches the curve of Earth in the scene that also records a faint red, extended airglow. The galaxy's central bulge appears with starfields cut by dark rifts of obscuring interstellar dust. Since November 2000, people have been living continuously on the International Space Station.

The picture was taken by Astronaut Scott Kelly on August 9, 2015, the 135th day of his one-year mission in space on the International Space Station. The Milky Way stretches the curve of Earth in the scene that also records a faint red, extended airglow. The galaxy's central bulge appears with starfields cut by dark rifts of obscuring interstellar dust. Since November 2000, people have been living continuously on the International Space Station.

The crescent planet Neptune and its crescent moon Triton, as seen by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989.

The crescent planet Neptune and its crescent moon Triton, as seen by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989.

Incredible picture of Saturn with six of its moons.  If you've ever seen Saturn through a telescope with your own eyes, the sharpness and detail in this image will really impress you.

Incredible picture of Saturn with six of its moons. If you've ever seen Saturn through a telescope with your own eyes, the sharpness and detail in this image will really impress you.

Soul Nebula (Sharpless 2-199, LBN 667) is emission nebulae in Cassiopeia. / В съзвездието Касиопея се намира една голяма област на звездообразуване, наречена мъглявината Душа. Мъглявината е разположена на 6500 светлинни години от нас, а размерът и е около 100 светлинни години. В мъглявината се намира мощен радиоизточник, известен като W5.

Soul Nebula (Sharpless 2-199, LBN 667) is emission nebulae in Cassiopeia. / В съзвездието Касиопея се намира една голяма област на звездообразуване, наречена мъглявината Душа. Мъглявината е разположена на 6500 светлинни години от нас, а размерът и е около 100 светлинни години. В мъглявината се намира мощен радиоизточник, известен като W5.

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