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Amazing Night Sky Photos by Stargazers: January 2014

Solar Prominence, Dec. 31, 2013

Chris Schur

Astrophotographer Chris Schur sent in a photo of a solar prominence on the sun, taken Dec. 31, 2013, from Payson, Arizona. He described the solar promincence here as a "stunning Arcade-style prom (slinky hoops)."

Great Orion Nebula and Horsehead Nebula

Sean Parker

Astrophotographer Sean Parker sent in a photo of deep sky objects Great Orion Nebula and Horsehead Nebula, taken near Tucson, Arizona. Image released Dec. 23, 2013.

M45 by Terry Hancock and Robert Fields

Robert Fields | Terry Hancock

The Pleiades star cluster comprises 800 stars and is located 410 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. Terry Hancock of Downunder Observatory Fremont, Mich., captured the luminance of the image on Dec. 28, 2013. Robert Fields of Irving Observatory Howell Twp, Mich., captured the RBG on Nov. 13, 2013. [See full story.]

Rosette Nebula by Steve Coates

The Rosette Nebula is located approximately 5,200 light years away at the edge of the molecular cloud Monoceros. Steve Coates captured the image on Dec. 24, 2013 from Ocala, Fla. [See full story.]

M33 by Jeff Johnson

Jeffrey O. Johnson combined images taken on Sept. 23, 2013 (Ha) and Nov. 6, 2012 (LRGB) from his backyard in Las Cruces, New Mexico to create this image of the galaxy M33. [See full story.]

Auroras Over Norway Video Frame

Auroras dance in the skies over Norway in a video from Level 4 production company. Image uploaded Jan. 15, 2014. [See full story.]

Geminid Meteor Soars Over French Creek State Park by Jeff Berkes

Jeff Berkes captured this image of the Geminid meteor shower on Dec.13, 2013 from French Creek State Park, Penn. [See full story.]

Atacama Region of Chile Video Still Frame

Nicholas Buer

A stunning view from the Atacama region of Chile, taken from a time-lapse video created by Nicholas Buer. [See full story.]

Mercury in Daytime Sky by Chris Shur

Chris Shur captured this image of Mercury from Payson, Ariz. near noon on Jan. 18, 2014. He used an Explore Scientific AR152 refractor (six inch) mounted on the side of the twelve inch, DMK 51AU03.AS camera, and Baader Continuum + IR/UV blocker filter, to capture the image.

Venus in Daytime Sky by Chris Shur

Chris Shur captured this image of Venus from Payson, Ariz. near noon on Jan. 18, 2014. He used an Explore Scientific AR152 refractor (six inch) mounted on the side of the twelve inch, DMK 51AU03.AS camera, and Baader Continuum + IR/UV blocker filter, to capture the image.

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