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Amazing Night Sky Photos by Stargazers (May 2013)

2013 Eta Aquarid Meteor Over Illinois

Sathya/liketheocean.com.

Astrophotographer Sathya sent in a photo of an Eta Aquarid meteor taken on May 11, 2013, at Green River State Wildlife Area Harmon, IL. Sathya has titled it: "The Road to Milky Way."

Mother's Day View of Crescent Moon and Jupiter

Vicki Owens

SPACE.com reader Vicki Owens sent in a photo of the crescent moon and Jupiter taken in Destin, Florida, on Mother's Day, May 12, 2013.

Summer Milky Way Rising With Airglow Over Colorado

Daniel McVey/www.danielmcvey.com

Astrophotographer Daniel McVey sent in a photo of the Milky Way rising with airglow visible over Summit County, Colorado, taken in May 2013. He writes: "The lights in the background are coming from nearby mountain towns as well as a soft glow from the city of Denver. The reds and greens are what is known as airglow." The phenomenon is caused by several processes in the upper atmosphere.

Rosette Nebula by Reinhold Wittich

Reinhold Wittich / www.wittich.com

Astrophotographer Reinhold Wittich captured this image of Rosette Nebula from his backyard observatory in Geisling, Germany using a 12" f/4 Newton telescope. The image took 1080 minutes of total exposure time in February 2011 and was released to SPACE.com this month. [Read the story behind the photo]

Pleiades Star Cluster Wittich

Reinhold Wittich / www.wittich.com

Reinhold Wittich captured this image of the Pleiades star cluster from his backyard observatory in Geisling, Germany using a 12" f/4 Newton telescope. The image took 780 minutes of total exposure time in October 2010 and was released to SPACE.com May 2013. [Read the story behind the photo]

Meteor Over Central Maine

Mike Taylor

Astrophotographer Mike Taylor sent in an image of a meteor over central Maine taken as part of a time-lapse video on April 28, 2013. He refers to it as a "late-blooming Lyrid or an early Eta Aquarid meteor." He comments that: "It shows up very well even with the light pollution in the area – Bangor, Maine is 30 miles away from this spot."

ISS Over Hampton, Virginia

Alan K. Sturgis

Astrophotographer Alan K. Sturgis sent in a photo of the International Space Station streaking through the winter hexagon over Hampton, Virginia, on April 7, 2013. He comments that he took the photo in very high light pollution.

Meteor Over Central Maine

Mike Taylor

Astrophotographer Mike Taylor sent in an image of a meteor over central Maine taken as part of a time-lapse video on April 28, 2013. He refers to it as a "late-blooming Lyrid or an early Eta Aquarid meteor." He comments that: "It shows up very well even with the light pollution in the area – Bangor, Maine is 30 miles away from this spot."

ISS Over Hampton, Virginia

Alan K. Sturgis

Astrophotographer Alan K. Sturgis sent in a photo of the International Space Station streaking through the winter hexagon over Hampton, Virginia, on April 7, 2013. He comments that he took the photo in very high light pollution.

Aurora Over Yellowknife, NWT, Canada

Auroramax

An aurora is photographed by the Auroramax automated camera in Canada's Northwest Territories on April 26, 2013.

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