Personal solstices: EarthSky community photos

Personal solstices - photos from the EarthSky community around the world - showing what the December solstice means to them.

Top 10 stories of 2021 from EarthSky

The top 10 stories of 2021 is a review of what we've learned in the past year from our home planet, Earth, out to the vast universe.

EarthSky’s top photos from 2021

Enjoy EarthSky's top photos from 2021. All these photos were taken by members of the EarthSky community from all around the globe.

A nameless grasshopper, found via social media

Old photos on social media helped citizen scientists discover a new species of nameless grasshopper. Its nickname is "the nameless Scaria."

Why do pine trees smell good?

Pine trees - as well as spruce and fir, all Christmas tree favorites - produce chemicals called terpenes, giving them their special, distinctive scent.

Atmospheric lakes bring much-needed rain

Atmospheric lakes form in the Indian Ocean and bring much-needed rain to dry areas of Africa's eastern coast. They are peaceful cousins to atmospheric rivers.

Barreleye fish shows a transparent head

On December 9, 2021, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shared this rare video of a barreleye fish, or Macropinna microstoma.

Hole punch clouds are made by jets. Photos here

Hole punch clouds are a type of cloud that features a flat cloud layer interrupted by a big hole, often with wisps at the center, created by aircraft.

December tornadoes: What caused the deadly US outbreak?

December tornadoes in a historic outbreak overnight from December 10 to 11, 2021, may have produced the longest-track tornado on record.

Is the Oregon earthquake swarm tapering off?

The USGS Latest Earthquakes page is displaying more than 40 small-to-moderate earthquakes on December 7 and 8, 2021, off the coast of Oregon.