100 Most Spectacular Night Sky Photos of 2013

Omega Nebula by Fred Herrmann

Fred Herrmann | Owl Mountain Observatory

Former NASA scientist Fred Herrmann of Huntsville, Ala., sent SPACE.com this amazing view of Messier 17, a deep-sky object known as the Omega Nebula and many other names. See how he did it here. [Read the Full Story]

Space Station Crosses the Sun in Amazing Photo

Dale Mayotte

Astrophotographer Dale Mayotte recently sent SPACE.com this spectacular composite photo of the International Space Station crossing the face of the sun. Here’s how he did it. [Read the Full Story]

Stargazer Snaps Beautiful Image of Orion Nebula

John Chumack | www.galacticimages.com

Astrophotographer John Chumack was killing time while waiting for Comet ISON to rise when he captured this beautiful image of the Orion Nebula, M42 (NGC 1976) along with neighbor, De Mairan's Nebula M43. [Read the Full Story]

Stunning Photo of Cosmic 'Cygnus Wall' Captured by Amateur Astronomer

Bill Snyder

A veteran astrophotographer captured this beautiful photo of the massive hot bed of star formation astronomers call the Cygnus Wall. Photographer Bill Snyder created this image from more than 18 hours of observations in 2013. [Read the Full Story]

Northern Lights Over Moosehead Lake

© Mike Taylor - Taylor Photography

Astrophotographer Mike Taylor sent SPACE.com this photo showing an aurora at Moosehead Lake, Maine. Taylor took the photo on Oct. 10, 2013 at 1:22 a.m. using a Nikon D600 camera and 14-24 mm at 14, f/2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 2500. The photo was processed through Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5. [Read the Full Story]

Spectacular Photo of Saturn's Rings Created by Amateur Astronomer

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/G. Ugarkovic

An amazing new view of Saturn, created by amateur image processer Gordan Ugarkovic, shows the planet and its rings in all their glory.[Read the Full Story]

Nebulae IC 59 and IC 63

Bob and Janice Fera

Bob and Janice Fera took this photo of the nebulae IC 59 and 63 between Sept. 4 and 7, from Eagle Ridge Observatory in Foresthill, Calif. They used an Officina Stellare RC-360AST 14" f/8 Ritchey Chretien Cassegrain telescope with a two-element field flattener to observe the nebula. An Apogee Alta U16M CCD camera with Astrodon filters was used to capture the photo. [Read the Full Story]

Sunday Night's Moon of Nov. 10, 2013

Eric Steiner

Eric Steiner sent in a photo of the moon taken Sunday night, Nov. 10, 2013, shot in Bristol, CT.

Milky Way Over Bodie Island Lighthouse, NC

Jay Wickens/www.jaywickens.com

Photography instructor Jay Wickens sent in a photo of the Milky Way over Bodie Island Lighthouse, NC, taken Oct. 27, 2013, and submitted Nov. 9.

Milky Way Along the New Jersey Shore

Chris Bakley

Astrophotographer Chris Bakley sent in a photo of the night sky over Cape May, NJ. The well-known Jersey Shore appears in the foreground with an unidentified person beaming a light into the heavens. Image submitted Nov. 7, 2013.

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