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100 Most Spectacular Night Sky Photos of 2013

Halloween Aurora in Sweden

Chad Blakely/www.lightsoverlapland.com

The 'ghosts and goblins' of All Hallows Eve rode over a bed of green magic above Abisko National Park in northern Sweden. Chad Blakley (lightsoverlapland.com) was on hand to photograph the ghoulish show, Oct. 31, 2013. [ Watch the Video Here]

Comet Lovejoy Over Aurora by Tommy Eliassen

Tommy Eliassen | www.facebook.com/tommyeliassenphotography

Tommy Eliassen sent SPACE.com this image of Comet Lovejoy soaring over an aurora taken from Hemnesberget, Nordland, Norway, on Nov. 28, 2013.

2013 Geminid Meteor Shower over Boulder, Colorado

Cody Limber

Astrophotographer Cody Limber sent in a composite image of Geminid meteors falling over Boulder, CO, on Dec. 14, 2013. He writes: "I used 25 out of the 600 images that I took over the course of the night to make this composite shot. To capture the shot, I set my camera on interval shooting mode starting at about 12:30 and ending at around 3 am. During this time the moon set and the sky became perfectly clear. I was worried that clouds might be a problem because when I looked outside at 9:00 it was completely cloudy, but fortunately it cleared up at around 1:00 am, and I was able to get the shot." [See More Amazing Geminid Meteor Shower Photos for 2013 Here]

Tarantula Nebula by Fred Herrmann

Fred Herrmann | Owl Mountain Observatory

The Tarantula Nebula is located in the southern constellation Dorado (Dolphin Fish), 160,000 light-years from Earth. Fred Herrmann of Huntsville, Ala. captured this image remotely from Siding Springs, Australia. It was released to SPACE.com on Dec. 1, 2013. [Read the Full Story Behind this Image Here]

Star Trails and Milky Way Shine over Lighthouse by Mike Taylor

© Mike Taylor - Taylor Photography

Mike Taylor combined 65 frames from a static time lapse of our host galaxy, the Milky Way, to create this composite image. The photo was captured from Pemaquid, Maine on June 16, 2013 at 11:32 p.m. to 12:10 a.m. local time using a Nikon D7000 camera and Tokina 11-16 @ 11mm f/2.8 – 65 x 25 sec - ISO 2000. [Read the Full Story Behind the image]

International Space Station Full Moon Over Yosemite

Scott McGuire | Photography | www.ScottMcGuirePhotography.com

The International Space Station streaks across the sky as the full moon glows over Half Dome Yosemite National Park in this image. Scott McGuire captured this image on Oct. 28, 2012 from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, California. He used a Pentax K-5 camera and a Pentax 15mm Limited lens to capture the photo. Image sent to SPACE.com in Feb. 2013. [Read the Full Story Behind this Photo Here]

Venus and Moon Over Wedding Reception

Dustin Prickett | Sunglow Photography

Photographer Dustin Prickett sent SPACE.com this stunning image of bride Karly Kryza and the groom Lucas Farmer embracing during their wedding reception at Cross Creek Ranch in Dover, Fla., on Sept. 8. The moon and Venus also shared a close encounter that evening, as seen toward the top left of the image, in what astronomers call a "conjunction," when two celestial objects appear near each other when viewed from Earth. [Read the Full Story Behind this Photo Here]

The Running Man Nebula

Bob and Janice Fera

Astrophotographers Bob and Janice Fera took this image of NGC 1973, also known as the Running Man Nebula, on Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, from Eagle Ridge Observatory in Foresthill, Calif. The Feras used an Officina Stellare RC-360AST 14" f/8 Ritchey Chretien Cassegrain telescope with two-element field flattener to observe nebula. An Apogee Alta U16M CCD camera with Astrodon filters was used to capture the photo. [Read the Full Story Behind this Photo Here]

Moonrise Venus Photo Sequence Over Ganges River Talwar

Ajay Talwar / The World at Night

Veteran night sky photographer Ajay Talwar of the astrophotography group The World at Night took this photo of the moon and planet Venus rising over the River Ganges in Uttarakhand, India in October 2012. Image sent to SPACE.com in February 2013. [Read the Full Story Behind this Photo Here]

For more amazing photos of the night sky by stargazers visit: Night Sky Pictures: Stargazer Photos of Stars and Planets

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