The spider part of The Spider and the Fly nebulae, IC 417 in star formation, as seen in this infrared image. Located in the constellation Auriga, IC 417 lies about 10,000 light-years away. It is in the outer part of the Milky Way, almost exactly in the opposite direction from the galactic centre.
A colourful sky before sunrise on Whitley Bay beach, as December could be the mildest across a large part of England since records began more than 350 years ago
A lenticular cloud forms as white streaks from airplanes mark the blue sky, in a rare atmospheric phenomena above the town of Gevgelija, Macedona. Lenticular clouds have been regularly confused for UFOs throughout history due to the their smooth, round or oval lens-shaped structure
The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights illuminate the night sky near the town of Kirkenes in northern Norway
A lunar eclipse coincides with a so-called “supermoon” in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. Sky-watchers around the world are in for a treat Sunday night and Monday when the shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the moon, the result of rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year
A faint Aurora can be seen over Bamburgh lighthouse in Northumberland the early hours of this morning
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Lightning strikes during an evening thunderstorm in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince
The sun rises over Whitley Bay with the top of St Mary’s lighthouse visible, as hot and humid air is expected to be pushed into northern Europe this weekend, including Britain, creating a “Spanish Plume”
A meteor streaks across the sky over Leeberg hill during the Perseid meteor shower near Grossmugl early on Thursday. The annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on Wednesday and Thursday in Europe, according to NASA.
Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate onFriday in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started on Thursday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning.
A rainbow is seen over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia
A meteorite burns up in the atmosphere, seen near Salgotarjan, 109km northeast of Budapest, Hungary
Full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on Wednesday
A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early on Monday
A photo released by the European Southern Observatory shows a starry sky, with a bright column due to zodiacal light, illuminating the desert landscape around Cerro Paranal, in Chile, home to ESOs Very Large Telescope.
The silhouette of a cat walking on top of a fence stands out against the sky during sunrise near Sehnde, Germany on Tuesday
Hot air balloons fly over Igualada, Spain, during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival. The morning flight of more than 30 balloons was shorter than expected due to strong wind.
Diners are suspended from a crane as they enjoy a meal organized by the “Dinner in the Sky” over Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai on Friday. Dinner in the Sky kicked off in Shanghai with 22 diners enjoying their meal in a sky box suspended from a crane about 50 meters above the ground
Diners have lunch suspended on Monday above the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels for “Dinner in the Sky”