100 Most Spectacular Night Sky Photos of 2013

Milky Way Rising Over Acadia National Park

Michael Ciuraru/Darkvoid Photography

Astrophotographer Michael Ciuraru sent in a photo of the Milky Way rising in Acadia National Park, Maine. Image submitted Nov. 26, 2013. [See more December 2013 night sky photos here]

Jupiter by Andrew Kwon

Andrew Kwon

Andrew Kwon took this image of Jupiter on Nov. 20 from his backyard observatory in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. [Read the Story Behind the Photo Here]

Aurora Over Maine Farmhouse by Taylor

© Mike Taylor - Taylor Photography

Mike Taylor sent SPACE.com this photo of an aurora over a farmhouse in central Maine. He captured the image on Dec. 7, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. local time using a Nikon D600 camera and 14-24 mm at 14, f/2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 3200. The Andromeda Galaxy and a section of the Milky Way can also be spotted in this the image. The photo was processed through Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5. [Read the Story Behind the Photo Here]

IC 410 ‘The Tadpoles’ in Auriga by Steven Coates

Steve Coates | www.CoatesAstrophotography.com

Astrophotographer Steve Coates captured this beautiful image of cosmic 'tadpoles' in space created by dust from an emission nebula and stellar winds from a nearby star cluster. See how he did it here. [Read Full Story]

International Space Station Transits Moon by Juan Gonzalez-Alicea

Juan Gonzalez-Alicea / Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe

This image shows the International Space Station transiting the Moon. Juan Gonzalez-Alicea captured the image on Dec. 6 from western Puerto Rico using a Canon 7D with a 300 mm lens. [Read the Full Story Behind this Photo Here]

Comet Lovejoy by John Chumack - Nov. 13, 2013

John Chumack | www.galacticimages.com

John Chumack took this image of Comet Lovejoy on Nov. 13, 2013 from his observatories in Yellow Springs Research Station in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He used his homemade 16" diameter F4.5 Fork Mounted Newtonian Telescope and QHY8 cooled color CCD camera to take the photo. [Read the Full Story Behind the image]

Total Solar Eclipse 2013: Diamond Ring by Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper/LaunchPhotography.com

The diamond ring effect of the 2013 total solar eclipse is seen in this amazing photo by eclipse-chasing photographer Ben Cooper, who captured the image from an airplane at 43,000 feet on Nov. 3, 2013 during a rare hybrid annual/total solar eclipse. [Read the Full Story of the Nov. 3 Solar Eclipse Here]

Nov. 3, 2013 Solar Eclipse Over NYC: Nick Sperling

Nicholas Sperling

Photographer Nicholas Sperling captured this photo of a partial solar eclipse over the New York City skyline from Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ on Nov. 3, 2013 during a rare hybrid solar eclipse. [Read the Full Story of the Nov. 3 Solar Eclipse Here]

Minotaur 1 Rocket Launch Streak: Nov. 19, 2013

NASA/Allison Stancil

A dazzling nighttime rocket launch wowed skywatchers all along the U.S. East Coast Tuesday (Nov. 19). [See their amazing photos and accounts here.]

Milky Way, Green Airglow Over Isle of Wight

Chad Powell | Isle of Wight Milky Way Photography | www.isleofwightmilkyway.com

The horizon glows a haunting green, silhouetting trees on the Isle of Wight as the band of the Milky Way shines overhead in this spectacular photo recently sent in to SPACE.com by veteran photographer Chad Powell. See how he did it here. [Read the Full Story]

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