Vacation is good for the soul, but you miss stuff while you're away. Here are some images that have come across my desk in the last couple of weeks, which need to be shared.
Here's a NASA satellite one of the snow left behind by the New Year's storm that swept across the Midwest and Northeast, missing us.
Here's a shot of Monument Valley, with the stars of the Constellation Orion and (far left) Mars illuminating the snow-dusted desert. It's by Wally Pacholka, of Astropics.com
Finally, a little late for the Solstice, is Danilo Pivato's delightful multiple-exposure of the sun traversing the sky over the Tyrrhenian Sea on the winter solstice in 2005. (You can find these and more spectacular shots by clicking here.)