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Amazing Night Sky Views August 2012 (Reader Photos)

Moon, Saturn, Mars, Spica and Smoke

Maxim Senin

Night sky watcher Maxim Senin took this photo of Saturn, Mars, Spica and the moon from Signal Hill, CA, on August 20, 2012. The foreground object is an artwork that emits a cloud of steam on the hour.

Pleiades and Jupiter Seen in Orange County

Michael Newman and Deborah Peters

Astrophotographers Michael Newman and Deborah Peters took this shot of Jupiter and the Pleiades from Anza, CA on August 19, 2012.

Crescent Moon Seen from Vassar, MI

Sarah Spencer

Night sky watcher Sarah Spencer took this photo of the moon on August 20, 2012 from Vassar, MI.

Mars, Saturn and Spica in Cupertino, CA

Murali Yalamanchi

Skywatcher Murali Yalamanchi took this photo of Mars, Saturn and Spica in Cupertino, CA, on August 20, 2012. It's a "patriotic celestia triangle," says Yalamanchi, for the red, white and blue colors.

Mars, Saturn and Spica Seen in Fostoria, MI

Gerry Buckel

Night sky watcher Gerry Buckel took this photo of Mars, Saturn and Spica on August 20, 2012, from Fostoria, MI.

Mars, Saturn and Spica in Plainwell, MI

Leslie Ayres

Night sky watcher Leslie Ayres took this photo of Mars, Saturn and Spica on August 20, 2012, in Plainwell, MI.

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