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Best Night Sky Photos of the Week: July 6, 2013

Lords of the Ring Nebula: Awesome Photo Caps Stargazers' Cosmic Quest

André van der Hoeven, Terry Hancock, Fred Herrmann, Mike van den Berg and Mathijn Ippel

Five night sky photographers collaborated to capture amazing photo or the Ring Nebula. See how they snapped the nebula from 2,000 light-years away. [Full Story]

Stargazer Snaps Amazing View of Andromeda Galaxy (Photo)

The Andromeda Galaxy dominates this amazing photo by amateur astronomer Lorenzo Comolli. See how he did it here. [Full Story]

Fireworks and the Moon Dazzle in Spectacular Photo

Giuseppe Petricca

The moon appears to dance with a fireworks display in this amazing photo by astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca of Pisa, Italy. See how he took the photo and its relation to a religious holiday in Pisa here. [Full Story]

A Blue Sun? Solar Photographer Snaps Strange View of Our Star

Alan Friedman | Averted Imagination

Amateur astronomer Alan Friedman has taken an artistic approach to his backyard stargazing with stunning success as seen in this beautiful image of the sun. [Full Story]

Wow! Stargazer Captures Supermoon Over Grand Canyon

Photographer Jason Hines took this image June 23 during the brightest and biggest full moon of 2013, a so-called supermoon. His observation point was the Grand Canyon North Rim with a Nikon D800e, Nikon 800mm lens, and a 1.7x teleconverter. [Full Story]

Shine It All Around

Luca Parmitano (via Twitter as @astro_luca)

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano tweeted this photo of clouds seen from the International Space Station on June 17, 2013. He wrote: "And this is why they’re called noctilucent #Volare pic.twitter.com/qejtxc7Z6o" Noctilucent (or night-shining) clouds form high in the atmosphere, where they reflect sunlight even after the sun has set below the horizon. [See More Images]

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