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100 Most Spectacular Night Sky Photos of 2013

2013 Perseid Meteors Over Washoe Valley, NV

William Berry

Night sky watcher William Berry sent in a photo of a fireball at Slide Mountain over Washoe Valley, NV. He says the image is a wide angle stack of about 1 hour, 30 second exposures, and he brightened the meteor trail a bit.

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2013 Perseid Meteors Falling Over Holy Island, Northumberland, UK

Peter Greig

Astrophotographer Peter Greig drove two hours to Lindisfarne Castle located on Holy Island, Northumberland, UK. to produce this composite image of Perseid meteors falling on August 11, 2013.

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Milky Way Panoramic Image Over White Mountains

Christopher Georgia | CMGFoto.com | Facebook: CMGFoto

The Milky Way glows over the White Mountains of New Hampshire in this image. Christopher Georgia took this 15-shot panoramic image north of Franconia Notch State Park, N.H. on July 13. He used a Nikon D3s camera, Nikon 14-24mm lens at 15mm, exposure 22 seconds x 15, f/2.8 and ISO 2500, to capture the photo. [Full Story]

M27 Dumbbell Nebula Collaboration

André van der Hoeven, Terry Hancock, and Fred Herrmann

Behold, the Dumbbell Nebula! Stargazers Flex Cosmic Muscle with Amazing Photo

Stargazer Snaps Amazing View of Giant 'Wall' In Space (Photo)

Andre van der Hoeven

Astrophotographer Andre van der Hoeven did not let his light-pollution backyard in the Netherlands stop him from taking this spectacular image of the Cygnus Wall. [Full Story]

2013 Perseid Meteor, Star Trails and Bridge

Peter Day

Photographer Peter Day caught a Perseid meteor and star trails at Isle of Palms, SC, on August 12, 2013.

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Milky Way Over Crater Lake Panorama

Steve Zigler

Night sky photographer Steve Zigler took this shot in late May from a snowy overlook at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. The Milky Way is beautifully mirrored by the white rim of the lake—a perspective nearly stifled by the weather. [Full Story]

Ghost Town Perseid

David Downs

Sky watcher David Downs caught this Perseid meteor at Fort Griffin Ghost Town in Texas under an old steel bridge, August 10, 2013.

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Milky Way Over the Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve, Portugal

Miguel Claro/www.miguelclaro.com

Astrophotographer Miguel Claro captured the Milky Way in Monte Faperras, Mourão, above Lake Alqueva, in the Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve, Portugal, on July 15, 2013. The photo includes Cygnus (The Swan), with the North America nebula (NGC 7000). Down to the right lies the constellation of Sagittarius and many nebulas: M16, M17, M24, M20, and M8, plus the supergiant star Antares. At the top, the bright star is Vega, in the constellation of Lyra, which forms the well-known Summer Triangle with Deneb and Altair. At the left edge of the image, between the arc of the Milky Way and the horizon, Andromeda Galaxy M31 shines. Above the horizon line, the green/yellow band represents the airglow phenomenon. [ See More Images ]

Milky Way and Meteor Over Canary Islands

Tamas Ladanyi

Veteran night sky photographer Tamas Ladanyi of The World at Night captures this stunning photo of a meteor over the Canary Islands. See how he did it. [Read the Full Story]

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