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Sun, moon, and stars together in Wisconsin…

(The most beautiful pink I've ever seen) It's one of the baddest sunspot regions in years. Active Region 1429 may not only look, to some, like an angry bird -- it has thrown off some of the most powerful flares and coronal mass ejections of the current solar cycle. The extended plumes from these explosions have even rained particles on the Earth's magnetosphere that have resulted in colorful auroras.

April 13, 2012 -- Astrophotographer Alan Friedman captured this gorgeous portrait of the sun on April 7 from his home in Buffalo, NY, using a backyard solar telescope and a new Grasshopper CCD camera by Point Grey Research. Viewed in a wavelength emitted by hydrogen alpha (Ha) the sun's surface details become visible, showing the complex texture of our home star's true face.

To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. ~ Sir Isaac Newton

even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolf bane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

Full moon rising over Ocean reef park on Singer Island Florida by HDRcustoms (very busy), via Flickr

CHARSADDA.PK | pakistani: On way to Daman-e-Koh, Islamabad (Pakistan). Full moon tonight ! …[explored]… by NiC

with a moon like this, i'd never want to say Goodnight. I absolutely agree. this is pure beauty. Where is this?

Silently it glides across the expanse of the night sky, softly touching the darkness with it's glow. Oh how I wish it could take my words and whisper it slowly in your ear..."I love you, I cherish you, I want you, and a single moment with you is better than a lifetime without you".

When Venus Rises with the Sun This dramatic telephoto view across the Black Sea on June 6 finds Venus rising with the Sun, the planet in silhouette against a ruddy and ragged solar disk.