100 Most Spectacular Night Sky Photos of 2013

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]

Milky Way Over the White Mountains of California

Michael Shainblum

Astrophotographer Michael Shainblum sent in a photo of the Milky Way over the White Mountains, California, created June 1, 2013.

RV to the Milky Way

Justin Hartney

Astrophotographer Justin Hartney sent in this photo of the Milky Way taken on June 7, 2013, on the outskirts of Ashland, Oregon.

Starry Sky Over Utah

Brian Balls

Astrophotographer Brian Balls sent in a photo taken June 8, 2013, of the Big Dipper and stars over Logan Canyon, UT.

MIlky Way Airglow Meteor Over Branch Pond Maine

© Mike Taylor | Taylor Photography | www.facebook.com/miketaylorphoto

Mike Taylor captured this image of the Milky Way, green airglow, aurora borealis and the blazing tail of a meteor over Branch Pond, Maine on June 10, 2013. [Read the 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]

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]

2013 Geminid Meteor and Comet Lovejoy Seen in Missouri

Kevin Palmer

Astrophotographer Kevin Palmer sent in a photo of a Geminid meteor and Comet Lovejoy seen over the Mississippi River in Ashburn, Missouri, on Dec. 13, 2013.

Night Sky and Fireflies

Kevin Palmer

Astrophotographer Kevin Palmer sent in a intriguing photo of fireflies beneath the night sky of Weinberg King State Park, IL, taken at the beginning of July 2013.

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