Moon From the International Space Station
Photograph courtesy NASA
A full moon, captured in 2005 by a crew member of the International Space Station, appears to be rolling along atop Earth's deep-blue stratosphere.
Photograph courtesy NASA
A sliver of moon sits above a perfect cross-section of Earth's atmosphere, including rarely seen noctilucent clouds (top), wispy formations that appear about 50 to 60 miles (75 to 90 kilometers) above Earth's surface. This shot was captured by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station as the craft sailed over Mongolia in 2003.
Photograph courtesy National Optical Astronomy Observatories
A total solar eclipse is a rare occurrence, happening on average about once per year. They are caused when a new moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth, blocking out all but the sun's wispy corona.
Moon Over Arizona
Photograph by David Edwards
A ghostly full moon rises over the Anasazi ruins known as Wukoki in Wupatki National Monument, Arizona.
Moon Over Alaska
Photograph by Michael S. Quinton
A pale full moon appears through dense clouds and silhouettes a bird roosting on a dead tree in Alaska.
Moon Over Saudi Desert
Photograph by Reza
The moon rises through hazy clouds over the dunes of the Saudi Arabian desert.
Moon Over Minnesota Lake
Photograph by William Albert Allard
A tree on Minnesota's Leech Lake is backlit by a full moon on the rise.
Moon and Cheetah
Photograph by Chris Johns
A cheetah uses the light of a full moon to scan the Namibian savannah for prey.
Moon Over Antarctica
Photograph by Maria Stenzel
Thin clouds give a gauzy glow to a full moon over the iceberg-choked ocean around Antarctica.
Moon Over Yellowstone
Photograph by Joel Sartore
A brilliant yellow moon peeks above dense clouds in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park.
Moon and Aurora Borealis
Photograph by Norbert Rosing
A green-tinted aurora borealis cascades above a glowing moon in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
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