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100 Most Spectacular Night Sky Photos of 2013

'Blue Moon' Looms Over Ancient Italian Castle

Stefano De Rosa | www.stefanoderosa.com

Photographer Stefano De Rosa’s "carefully planned shot" of Aug. 20 brilliantly captured this season’s "Blue Moon" as it loomed over Volterraio Castle — a deteriorating stronghold of old that overlooks the Gulf of Portoferraio, a few miles from the city of Portoferraio. [Read the Full Story]

Milky Way in the Cascade Mountains

Jason Brownlee

Stargazer Jason Brownlee sent in a photo of the Milky Way taken on Sept. 9, 2013, from Broken Top Mountain in the central Oregon Cascade Mountains.

Star Trails Over Bonneville Salt Flats

Jerry Payne

Astrophotographer Jerry Payne sent in a photo of star trails reflected in water covering the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Nevada. Photo submitted September 3, 2013.

Abell 39 Planetary Nebula by Bob Franke

Bob Franke / Focal Pointe Observatory

Astrophotographer Bob Franke captured this image of planetary nebula Abell 39 from Focal Pointe Observatory in Chino Valley, Ariz. from June 17 to Aug. 16, 2013. [Read the Full Story]

Bubble Nebula Cropped by Terry Hancock

Terry Hancock

Terry Hancock captured this cropped image of the Bubble Nebula, or NGC 7635, from Down Under Observatory in Fremont, Mich. on the nights of Aug. 15, 16 and 18. Image posted on Sept. 5. [Read the Full Story]

Milky Way Galaxy Meets Photographer In Dazzling Space Photo

© Mike Taylor - Taylor Photography

Astrophotographer Mike Taylor sent SPACE.com this stunning image showing the bright band of the Milky Way galaxy over Maine's rugged Bold Coast. The photo captures the Milky Way's brilliance colleague Garrett Evans sets up his gear. [Read the Full Story]

Aurora Over Foster's Bridge in Cabot, VT

John Vose

Astrophotographer John Vose sent in a photo of an auroral display Aurora Over Foster's Bridge in Cabot, VT. Photo taken Oct. 8, 2013.

Aurora Over a Small Town in Sweden

Göran Strand

Astrophotographer Göran Strand sent in a photo of an auroral display over a small town in Sweden, taken Oct. 1, 2013.

Rosette Nebula by Brian Davis

Brian Davis

Distant clouds of gas and dust form the likeness of a rose in this beautiful image of aptly named Rosette Nebula captured by a skilled amateur astronomer. Astrophotographer Brian Davis took the photo from a driveway in the suburbs of Sumter, S.C. [Read the Full Story]

Falcon 9 Launch Trajectory Composite

David A. Kodama

A photographer's road trip to see SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket launch from California last month led to this striking composite photo recently released to SPACE.com. Photographer David A. Kodama captures the SpaceX rocket launch in stages. A photographer's road trip to see SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket launch from California last month led to this striking composite photo recently released to SPACE.com. Photographer David A. Kodama captures the SpaceX rocket launch in stages. A photographer's road trip to see SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket launch from California last month led to this striking composite photo recently released to SPACE.com. Photographer David A. Kodama captures the SpaceX rocket launch in stages. [Read the Full Story]

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