Best Night Sky Photos of the Week: June 29, 2013

Further Out There Is the Milky Way

Scott Hoggard

Astrophotographer Scott Hoggard sent in a photo of the Milky Way over route 404 on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Queen Anne County, taken June 16, 2013. [See More Images]

It's Easy as 123

Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

The cosmic vdB 123 shines in a photo from Adam Block at the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter acquired in June 2013. vdB 123 is one of 158 reflection nebulas cataloged by Canadian astronomer Sidney van den Bergh. It is labeled M for moderate brightness. [See More Images]

The Cloud Minders

A. Fitzsimmons/ESO

ESO's longest-serving observatory, La Silla, floats high above the clouds in northern Chile, just after sunset. Light from a moon that lies outside the frame bathes the observatory and reflects from the clouds below. The very faint band of golden light above the clouds still illuminated by the sunset represents zodiacal light. This phenomenon occurs when sunlight strikes dust particles between the sun and the planets. Image released June 24, 2013. [See More Images]

Airplane Appears to Soar into Sun's Jaws During Solar Eclipse

Copyright Phillip Calais

An airplane appears to be moments away from being gobbled up by the sun in this amazing view of a solar eclipse by Phillip Calais in Western Australia on May 10, 2013. [Full Story]

Amazing Fireballs Light Up Night Sky in Stargazer Photos

© Mike Taylor | Taylor Photography |

The Milky Way and bright June fireballs star in these dazzling new photos from veteran space photographer Mike Taylor in Maine. [Full Story]

Rise of the Supermoon 2013: Joson Images

Imelda B. Joson and Edwin L. Aguirre

Experienced space photographers Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson created this composite view of the biggest full moon of 2013, a so-called 'supermoon,' from a series of images taken as the full moon rose over downtown Boston on June 23, 2013. [Full Story]

Super Kids See Supermoon

Tyler S. Leavitt

Astrophotographer Tyler S. Leavitt sent in a photo of kids dressed as superheroes watching the supermoon of June 23, 2013, outside Las Vegas, Nevada. [Full Story]

Supermoon Towers Over Washington Monument

NASA/Bill Ingalls

A supermoon climbed its way to the top of the Washington Monument, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Washington in this photo by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls. This year the supermoon is up to 13.5 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon is. This is a result of the moon reaching its perigee — the closest that it gets to the Earth during the course of its orbit. During perigee on June 23 the Moon was about 221,824 miles away, as compared to the 252,581 miles away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee). [Full Story]

Supermoon and Light Painting in Macedonia

Stojan Stojanovski/Kire Bilbiloski

Astrophotographer Stojan Stojanovski had a bit of fun with this supermoon photo, taken June 23, 2013, in Ohrid, Macedonia. [Full Story]

Supermoon Rises Over Horizon in Macedonia

Stojan Stojanovski 2S, Kire Bilbiloski

This image shows the supermoon, the biggest full moon of 2013, rising over the horizon in Ohrid, Macedonia, as seen by Stojan Stojanovski on June 23, 2013. [Full Story]

Supermoon Over Statue of Liberty

Ameer Hassoun

Ameer Hassoun sent this photo from Liberty Park, New Jersey on June 23, 2013 of a supermoon rising over the Statue of Liberty. He used a Canon Rebel t2i 250mm, iso 400, f16 and Shutter 1/40 to capture the image. [Full Story]

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