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Fisheye Over Sinai

Astronaut Andrew Morgan used a fisheye lens to capture the intersection of two continents. Read More...

Stars in Motion

A compilation of dozens of long-exposure photographs taken from space turns stars into stunning rings and city lights and fires into colorful streaks. Read More...

Blue-green Algae at Lake Burrinjuck

In early 2021, authorities warned about potentially toxic blooms at a popular recreational lake in New South Wales. Read More...

Wild Swings in Great Lakes Ice

Despite a cold snap in February, low ice cover prevailed across the lakes in winter 2020-2021. Read More...

Himalayas, Near and Far

Two astronauts. Two clear days. Two gorgeous views around the roof of the world. Read More...

Breakup at Brunt

A large iceberg finally split from the Antarctic ice shelf, but another piece stubbornly hangs on. Read More...

A Long-Ago Lake Amid the Dunes

The modern oasis of Jubbah sits within the wind shadow of historic mountains and the basin of an ancient lakebed. Read More...

Japan at Night

The contrast of the bright lights against the dark landscape makes this a favorite astronaut photo. Read More...

Cruising Past the Aurora Borealis

Astronauts have snapped numerous photos of the light show from their unique perch on the International Space Station. Read More...

A Glowing Plume Over Mount Etna

Intense lava fountains and lava flows illuminated a volcanic plume spreading across Sicily during an unusually pitched night of activity at the Italian volcano. Read More...

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