The brilliant planet Jupiter and constellation Orion shine brightly in this glittering night sky photo shot from the Canary Islands.
Astrophotographer Miguel Claro captured this stunning image from the pristine viewing site of Los Andenes, La Palma.
In the image, Jupiter glows the brightest, appearing above the horizon and clouds toward the left of the image. The constellation Orion can be seen above right with its second brightest star, Betelgeuse shining in orange. [See more amazing night sky photos by stargazers for 2014]
The emission nebula Barnard's Loop, and giant star Meissa (or Lambda Orionis) can be spotted in this view, as well as the Flame and Horsehead nebulas. The Iconic Running Man nebula and Great Orion Nebula can be seen toward the bottom of the photo.
Open Cluster NGC 2175, also known as the Monkey Head nebula, can be seen between the right center and corner of the image. The Rosette nebula lies near the center.
Claro used a Canon 60Da camera to take the photo (ISO 1250; 24mm at f/2; Exp. 49 seconds). A star filter was used in front of the lens to create the "spikes" seen in the stars. It was sent to Space.com on Jan. 24.
To see more amazing night sky photos submitted by Space.com readers, visit our astrophotography archive.
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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for Space.com. She began writing and producing content for Space.com in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.