Stargazer Ryan Eiger captured this stunning photo of an Army missile contrail along with Venus and the moon over Scottsdale, Ariz., before dawn on Sept. 13, 2012. The contrail was caused by an Amry Juno rocket during a missile intercept test from Fort Wingate near Gallup, N.M.
Linda & Dr. Dick Buscher caught the contrail from a missile launch from Fort Wingate, NM, at their location in Anthem, AZ, at the north edge of Phoenix, 5:41 am on September 13, 2012.
AuroraMAX observatory took this image of an auroral display over Yellowknife, Canada, on September 12, 2012.
Astrophotographer Brett Schaerer took this photo of the moon, Venus, and M44 from Portland, OR, on September 12, 2012.
Astrophotographer Anne Goetz took this shot of Venus and the moon from Hagerstown, MD, on September 12, 2012.
The northern lights, supercharged by a recent solar storm, dance above Naimakka, Finland, in this shot snapped on Sept. 4, 2012, by Ole Salomonsen.
Night sky watcher Mickey Welsh sent in this photo of the moon and Venus over Bedford, TX, taken September 12, 2012.
SPACE.com Managing Editor Tariq Malik took this photo of Venus and the moon over West Orange, NJ, September 12, 2012.
Astrophotographer Jim "Woody" Woods sent in this photo of the moon and Jupiter he took at about 1 am, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 from his backyard in Long Beach, CA.
A Perseid meteor shines over medieval Albrechtsberg castle near the town of Melk, Austria. Constellations Aquarius, Aquila, Delphinus (above and right of center) also appear in this skywatching photo. Astrophotographer Sebastian Voltmer took this image on Aug. 12, 2012. Image posted on Sept. 7.
Appearing like clouds, solar filaments are composed mainly of charged hydrogen gas. Brett Dahl captured this image from McKinney, Texas in August 2012.
Triangulum Galaxy, also known as M33 or the Pinwheel Galaxy, is located roughly three million light years from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. Astrophotographer Amir Hossein Abolfath took this photo in Aug. 2012 from his home country of Iran. Image posted on Sept. 11
Photographer Ole Salomonsen captured this stunning shot of the northern lights above Namaikka, Finland, on Sept. 4, 2012.
Zodiacal light was visible at the Mt. Lemmon Skycenter in Arizona on September 15, 2012.
Night sky watcher Joe Taylor sent in this photo of Jupiter taken September 18, 2012, from an undisclosed location.