The Moon, the ISS streaking by, Jupiter, and two of Jupiter's moons side by side in this picture. Zoom in to see Jupiter's moons!

The Moon, the ISS streaking by, Jupiter, and two of Jupiter's moons side by side in this picture. Zoom in to see Jupiter's moons!

Astronomy Photos 2012: Royal Observatory Greenwich Announces Contest Winners (PHOTOS) Venus and Jupiter over beach at Treguennec in North West France Laurent Laveder

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Astronomy Photos 2012: Royal Observatory Greenwich Announces Contest Winners (PHOTOS) Venus and Jupiter over beach at Treguennec in North West France Laurent Laveder

Red Moon Rising:  This surreal, wintry scene is a composite picture recorded on December 10 as the Moon rose behind the Zagros Mountains of Iran. A total lunar eclipse was already in progress. The image combines nearly 500 successive frames taken over 1.5 hours beginning in twilight as the eclipsed Moon steadily climbed above the rugged landscape.  Image Credit & Copyright: Oshin Zakarian (TWAN)

Red Moon Rising: This surreal, wintry scene is a composite picture recorded on December 10 as the Moon rose behind the Zagros Mountains of Iran. A total lunar eclipse was already in progress. The image combines nearly 500 successive frames taken over 1.5 hours beginning in twilight as the eclipsed Moon steadily climbed above the rugged landscape. Image Credit & Copyright: Oshin Zakarian (TWAN)

Venus Transit 2012 Image Credit & Copyright: Chris Hetlage Occurring in pairs separated by over a 100 yrs, there have now been only 8 transits of Venus since the invention o/t telescope in 1608. The next will b in Dec of 2117. But many modern telescopes & cameras were trained on this week's Venus transit, capturing the planet in rare silhouette against the Sun. In this sharp telescopic view fr Georgia, USA, a narrowband H-alpha filter was used 2show the round planetary disk against a…

Venus Transit 2012 Image Credit & Copyright: Chris Hetlage Occurring in pairs separated by over a 100 yrs, there have now been only 8 transits of Venus since the invention o/t telescope in 1608. The next will b in Dec of 2117. But many modern telescopes & cameras were trained on this week's Venus transit, capturing the planet in rare silhouette against the Sun. In this sharp telescopic view fr Georgia, USA, a narrowband H-alpha filter was used 2show the round planetary disk against a…

Occurring in pairs separated by over a hundred years, there have now been only eight transits of Venus since the invention of the telescope in 1608. The next will be in December of 2117. But many modern telescopes and cameras were trained on this week's Venus transit, capturing the planet in rare silhouette against the Sun. In this sharp telescopic view from Georgia.

Occurring in pairs separated by over a hundred years, there have now been only eight transits of Venus since the invention of the telescope in 1608. The next will be in December of 2117. But many modern telescopes and cameras were trained on this week's Venus transit, capturing the planet in rare silhouette against the Sun. In this sharp telescopic view from Georgia.

This safely filtered telescopic picture was taken during the annular eclipse of January 15, 2010 from the city of Kanyakumari at the southern tip of India.

This safely filtered telescopic picture was taken during the annular eclipse of January 15, 2010 from the city of Kanyakumari at the southern tip of India.

On a Blue Moon (Sept 1 2012)  Image Credit & Copyright: Simon Smith  Explanation: Rising at sunset, the gorgeous Full Moon of August 31 became the second Full Moon in a month. According to modern reckoning, that makes it a Blue Moon. In fact, parts of the Full Moon do look a little blue in this sharp lunar portrait. Taken just hours before the exact full phase in delightfully clear skies over Nottingham, UK, it features eye-catching bright rays (...) #astronomy #moon

On a Blue Moon (Sept 1 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Simon Smith Explanation: Rising at sunset, the gorgeous Full Moon of August 31 became the second Full Moon in a month. According to modern reckoning, that makes it a Blue Moon. In fact, parts of the Full Moon do look a little blue in this sharp lunar portrait. Taken just hours before the exact full phase in delightfully clear skies over Nottingham, UK, it features eye-catching bright rays (...) #astronomy #moon

Anticrepuscular Rays Over Wyoming (Feb 21 2012)  Image Credit & Copyright: Nate Cassell What's happening over the horizon? Although the scene may appear somehow supernatural, nothing more unusual is occurring than a setting Sun and some well placed clouds. Pictured above are anticrepuscular rays. To understand them, start by picturing common crepuscular rays that are seen any time that sunlight pours though scattered clouds. #astronomy

Anticrepuscular Rays Over Wyoming (Feb 21 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Nate Cassell What's happening over the horizon? Although the scene may appear somehow supernatural, nothing more unusual is occurring than a setting Sun and some well placed clouds. Pictured above are anticrepuscular rays. To understand them, start by picturing common crepuscular rays that are seen any time that sunlight pours though scattered clouds. #astronomy

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