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Amazing Night Sky Photos by Stargazers: February 2014

Triangulum Galaxy by André van der Hoeven and Michael van Doorn

André van der Hoeven | Michael van Doorn

The Triangulum Galaxy, catalogued Messier 33 or NGC 598, is a spiral galaxy located approximately 3 million light years from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. André van der Hoeven teamed up with Michael van Doorn to take the photo, which was sent to SPACE.com on Oct. 8, 2013. [Read the Full Story Behind This Photo Here]

Sunspot AR 1967 in White Light by John Chumack

John Chumack | www.galacticimages.com

John Chumack sent Space.com this image of the sun in white light featuring gigantic sunspot group AR 1967 taken using a Baader Solar Filter Film from his backyard in Dayton, Ohio on Feb. 3, 2014 (Baader Solar Filter Film, 6" cave reflector, Canon Rebel Xsi, DSLR, 1/2000 second exposure, ISO 400). [Read the Full Story Behind this Photo Here]

Mercury and Crescent Moon by Brooke O'Klatner

Brooke O'Klatner

Brooke O'Klatner sent Space.com this image of the crescent moon and Mercury over Charlotte, N.C. on Feb. 2, 2014.

Sunspot AR 1967 by Victor Rogus

Victor Rogus

Victor Rogus sent SPACE.com this stunning image sunspot AR 1967. He captured the photo on the morning of Jan. 30, 2014 from Jadwin, Mo.

Massive Sunspot AR 1967 by Victor Rogus

Victor Rogus

Victor Rogus recently sent SPACE.com this image sunspot re-emerged sunspot AR 1967 (formerly AR 1944). He captured the photo on the morning of Jan. 39, 2014 from Jadwin, Mo. “It's Back” Rogus wrote Space.com in an email. “Huge Sunspot AR 1944 has returned from its journey around the far side of the Sun. It has been renamed AR 1967 and that is customary for returning sunspots.”

Mercury Shines Over Pisa by Giuseppe Petricca

Giuseppe Petricca

Giuseppe Petricca sent Space.com this cool photo of planet Mercury shining between the clouds toward the left center of the horizon on Feb. 1, 2014. The photographer superimposed a section to show the planet’s location in the image. Petricca took the photo from Pisa, Italy with a Nikon Coolpix P90 camera on a tripod. The Arno River is nearly flooding the city center, so the water level was this high in the photo, according to the photographer.

The Moon and Earthshine Over Portugal by Miguel Claro

Miguel Claro | www.miguelclaro.com

Miguel Claro recently sent Space.com this beautiful image of the moon and Earthshine taken from Almada, Portugal on Feb. 1, 2014. “I could see the night side of the moon very well illuminated by the Earth reflected light, like if it was full moon,” Claro wrote Space.com in an email. “This impressive phenomenon known as Earthshine, was described and drawn for the first time, by the great Leonardo Da Vinci about 500 years ago in his book Codex Leicester.”

The Moon, Earthshine and Codex Leicester Composition by Miguel Claro

Miguel Claro | www.miguelclaro.com

Miguel Claro recently sent Space.com this composition of the moon and Earthshine over Almada, Portugal on Feb. 1, 2014 along with an image of the original paper from Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester. “I could see the night side of the moon very well illuminated by the Earth reflected light, like if it was full moon,” Claro wrote Space.com in an email. “This impressive phenomenon known as Earthshine, was described and drawn for the first time, by the great Leonardo Da Vinci about 500 years ago in his book Codex Leicester.”

Mercury Shines Over Arno River by Giuseppe Petricca

Giuseppe Petricca

Giuseppe Petricca sent Space.com this cool photo of planet Mercury shining between the clouds toward the left center of the horizon on Feb. 1, 2014. Petricca took the image from Pisa, Italy with a Nikon Coolpix P90 camera on a tripod. The Arno River is nearly flooding the city center, so the water level was this high in the photo, according to the photographer. “This is truly a lucky shot! No other words can describe it,” Petricca wrote Space.com in an email. “The sky was completely overcast since the day before, and only a little spot opened between the cloud layers.”

Supernova in M 82 by Pál Váradi Nagy

Pál Váradi Nagy

Pál Váradi Nagy of Cluj-Napoca, Romania sent Space.com this image on of recently spotted supernova in M 82. He captured this image on Jan. 29, 204 using a Canon 1100D camera (SW 150/750 newton, motorized EQ3 mount, unguided).

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