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Space Image of the Day Gallery (July 2015)

Erupt on the Sun

Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA

Wednesday, July 29, 2015: Two solar filaments broke free from the sun and erupted into space over the course of a few hours on July 19, 2015. Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the action with a video taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. This still frame shows the second filament breaking free of the sun above an active region, at about the 4 o’clock position. Filaments consist of cooler clouds of gases suspended above the sun by unstable magnetic forces.

— Tom Chao

BC-ing You

James Younger

Thursday, July 30, 2015: Astrophotographer James Younger sent in a photo of a meteor over James Island, British Columbia, Canada, taken July 27, 2015, from Vancouver Island during the Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower. The annual celestial sky show peaks in late July.

— Tom Chao

Cloud of Dust

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/Coelum

Friday, July 31, 2015: Barnard 92 consists of interstellar gas in a dense cloud which blocks the background light, as it floats in front of an extended hydrogen emission nebula. Dust intermixed with the gas absorbs and scatters starlight through a reflection effect, revealing the three-dimensional structures of the cloud. Image released July 2015.

— Tom Chao

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