Sky Scenery
{thumb} Daybreak 1 -- 2006.03.01
First of a pair of sunrise photos over Lac d'Ayous, in the French Pyrenees.[=] Credits: Photo by Mc0356, 2006.02.28. Copyright Hebus.Com, 2006.
{thumb} Daybreak 2 -- 2006.03.01
Second of a pair of sunrise photos over Lac d'Ayous, in the French Pyrenees.[=] Credits: Photo by Mc0356, 2006.02.28. Copyright Hebus.Com, 2006.
{thumb} Grey Skies -- 2002.11.16
A wonderful cloudscape to start with, but to heighten the drama I increased the contrast, shifted the spectrum toward blue a bit, and made the whole thing darker.[=] Credits: Workspace image from a theme by Bioman called Gray Sky, 2002.07.11, modified by Jess Anderson.
{thumb} Minotaur Launch -- 2005.12.23
A sunset Minotaur rocket launch lights up the sky. Fuel particles and water droplets expelled from the rocket swirled in the winds of the upper atmosphere. Below the launch plume is the planet Venus.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2005.09.28. Credit & Copyright: Nick Hilton (fottostudio.com).
{thumb} Missile Trail Dove -- 2002.11.11
This Minuteman rocket exhaust trail was beautifully illuminated by the setting sun and the rising full moon. Still in full sunlight, the bright diffuse cloud resulting from a rocket stage separation resembles a white dove crossing the sky.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2002.09.26. Photo by James W. Young.
{thumb} Montana Rainbow -- 2006.01.16
Rainbow-arched Montana prairie settles into dusky silence after an evening thunderstorm.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.01.04. Photo by Sam Abell, 1997. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2003.
{thumb} Sun Pillar 1 -- 2003.02.09
Looking eastward toward Lake Ontario from just outside of Caledon, Ontario, Canada. A sun pillar, sunlight reflecting from ice crystals gently falling through the cold air, seems to shoot above the fiery Sun still low on the horizon. By chance, fog and clouds forming over the relatively warm lake look like billowing smoke from a rocket's exhaust plume.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2003.01.23. Copyright: Lauri A. Kangas.
{thumb} Sun Pillar 2 -- 2003.09.20
At sunset near Lake Tahoe, NV, a red sun pillar, sunlight reflecting from ice crystals gently falling through the cold air, rises above the horizon.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2001.11.07. Copyright: Jim Kirkpatrick & Brigitte Heiter-Kirkpatrick.
{thumb} Cloud Shadow -- 2003.09.19
This dark ray, caught above the Florida Everglades, is a shadow. The gold-tinged cloud near the horizon blocks sunlight from reflecting off air behind the cloud, making that column of air appear unusually dark.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2002.02.27. Copyright: Kee Hinckley.
{thumb} Lenticular Cloud -- 2003.09.16
Lenticular clouds are typically formed by high winds over rugged terrain and are particularly apparent when few other clouds are in the sky. A couple stopped their car near Yellowstone National Park to photograph this lenticular cloud behind picturesque windmills.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2003.03.26. Copyright: Mark Meyer (Photo-Mark.com).
{thumb} Iridescent Clouds -- 2003.09.16
When the Sun is in the right position and mostly hidden by thick clouds, thinner clouds can significantly diffract sunlight in a nearly coherent manner, with different colors being deflected by different amounts. Iridescent clouds were photographed over Norway in early 2003.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2003.03.11. Copyright: Arne Danielsen.
{thumb} Brocken Spectre -- 2006.01.13
Looking steeply down into a valley in the Scottish Highlands reveals Brocken Spectre (a diffraction phenomenon). The Sun is directly behind the observer, whose shadow is cast onto a layer of mist.[=] Credits: EPOD, 2004.12.29. Photo by David Harbottle.
{thumb} Noctilucent Clouds -- 2006.01.03
Taken in Norway, an array of delicate, blue-white, high-altitude noctilucent clouds, 80 km (50 mi) or more above the surface. They are observed only during twilight, and are believed to consist of ice covered particles, possibly meteoritic dust.[=] Credits: EPOD archive, 2005.09.02. Photo and copyright Geir T. Oye.
{thumb} Mauna Kea Moonrise -- 2003.12.04
A moonrise seen through the shadow of the volcano Mauna Kea. The Sun has just set in the opposite direction, and the Moon is just past full phase. In the foreground are cinder cones from old volcanic eruptions.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2003.12.03. Copyright Michael Connelley (U. Hawaii).
{thumb} Mauna Kea Star Trails -- 2005.12.22
On top of Hawaii's Mauna Kea are some of the largest optical telescopes on Earth. Together, these 10-meter eyes have made many universe-redefining discoveries. This picture was compiled from over 150 one-minute exposures from a digital camera. The Earth's rotation made the stars appear to have long star trails. The Moon illuminated the foreground landscape.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2005.12.20. Credit & Copyright: Peter Michaud (Gemini Observatory), AURA, NSF.
{thumb} Shadowrise 1 -- 2003.09.16
As the Sun sets, the Earth's shadow rises up from the east. The Earth's rising shadow is cast through the dense atmosphere and is seen as the dark blue band along the horizon, bounded above by a pinkish purple glow or antitwilight arch.[=] Credits: APOD archives, 2003.08.02. Copyright: Steve Mandel.
{thumb} Shadowrise 2 -- 2003.11.05
As the Sun sets, the Earth's shadow rises up from the east. NOAA meteorologist Sim Aberson made this simple but stunning photo on 14 October 2003, from an altitude of 45,000 ft.[=] Credits: Photo and copyright: Sim Aberson, NOAA.
{thumb} Wyoming Shadowset -- 2006.02.04
Through the dense atmosphere, Earth's shadow, setting together with the full Moon, appears as a dark blue band along the distant horizon, bounded above by a pinkish glow known as the Belt of Venus,[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2006.02.04. J. Bonnell, D. Macomb, R. Canterna, WIRO.
{thumb} Belt of Venus -- 2003.11.07
During a cloudless twilight, just before sunrise or after sunset, part of the atmosphere above the horizon, called the Belt of Venus, appears slightly pink, here seen above morning fog in the Valley of the Moon, a famous wine-producing region in northern California[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2003.10.21. Copyright Christine Churchill.
{thumb} Thunderhead -- 2002.11.14
Although the Shuttle is much higher than this impressive cloud, it does look like it's almost at eye level.[=] Credits: It's a Space Shuttle photo, but I've been unable to locate a more exact reference.
{thumb} Distant Thunderstorm -- 2006.01.11
A distant thunderstorm panorama, illuminated by the setting sun, captured on Aug 17, 2004 from Borrego Springs, CA.[=] Credits: EPOD, 2004.09.22. Photo referred by Dennis Mammana.
{thumb} Nuages -- 2006.02.28
Quite a wonderful skyscape.[=] Credits: Photo by Rasesp, 2006.02.27. Copyright Hebus.Com, 2006.
{thumb} Roll Cloud -- 2006.01.18
A rare roll cloud, perhaps formed near an advancing cold front, extends far into the distance above Albany, MO.[=] Credits: APOD, 2006.01.17. Photo and copyright Dan Bush (Missouri Skies).
{thumb} Moon Lightning -- 2005.12.29
A time exposure looking across the Gulf of Mexico from Anna Maria Island, FL by chance captured a flash of lightning along with the Moon and dramatic cloud formations.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2004.10.07. Copyright: Marc-Andre Besel.
{thumb} South Dakota Storm -- 2002.11.14
As well as the bolt of lightning, but probably not obvious at first glance, there are two planets (Jupiter and Venus) visible here, one below the large dark cloud, the other above it.[=] Credits: Source not located. Sorry.
{thumb} Summer Downpour -- 2006.01.16
Under very ominous skies, heavy mid-summer rain pours down on Novo Hamburgo, in Brazil's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul.[=] Credits: EPOD, 2004.05.12. Provided by Claudio Heckler, January, 2004.
{thumb} Tornado -- 2003.11.29
Certainly a dramatic view of one of Nature's most powerful and destructive forces, amazingly caught in the process of turning an old wooden building into so many sticks.[=] Credits: Copyright Thomas Sidoli (no date). Licensed for private use only.
{thumb} Moon Antarctica -- 2005.11.26
The nearly full Moon settting along the northern horizon, seen from Davis Station, Antarctica. [=] Credits: APOD archive, 2004.11.25. Credit and copyright: James Behrens (IGPP, Scripps Institution of Oceanography).
{thumb} New Moon -- 2005.12.27
The slimmest sliver of sun on a brand new Moon, the last rays of sunset on a high-altitude jet's contrail, caught at the very brief moment when the two coincided. An amazing image![=] Credits: Photo from unknown source.
{thumb} Reflected Moon Planets -- 2005.12.22
Above as well as reflected by unusually still water in the Flat Tops Wilderness area from near Toponas, Colorado, USA, are the Moon, Venus and Mercury.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2005.07.15. Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Westlake (Colorado Mountain College).
{thumb} Venus Jupiter -- 2005.12.29
Jupiter and Venus rising just before the Sun over the city of Bursa, Turkey.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2004.11.08. Copyright: Tunc Tezel.
{thumb} Aurora Oklahoma -- 2003.11.14
Dave Ewoldt managed to catch this photogenic apparition 40 miles northwest of Oklahoma City at about 3:00 a.m. CST on Oct. 29, 2003. Stars of the Big Dipper and the northern sky shine behind the dazzling auroral display.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2003.11.13. Copyright: Dave Ewoldt (Okarche, Oklahoma).
{thumb} Cape Cod Aurora -- 2003.09.14
Active pillars of colorful aurora captured over smooth and nearly colorless Cape Cod Bay. North is straight ahead; the town lights near the center are from Provincetown. The familiar W of Cassiopeia is on the far right.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2003.07.02. Copyright: Chris Cook.
{thumb} Wisconsin Aurora -- 2005.03.09
Impressive auroral bands, like these caught over a small lake in central Wisconsin, fanned out over much of eastern North America after sunset on Nov. 8, 2004.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2004.11.17. Copyright: Chris VenHaus.
{thumb} Midnight Sun -- 2006.01.13
Eight exposures on the same photographic plate, made at 20-minute intervals, capture the midnight sun over Littleton Island near Greenland in 1925.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2004.01.06. Photo by Donald B. MacMillan, 1925. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2004.