Best Night Sky Photos of the Week: April 26, 2014

Moon Glows with Earthshine Over Italian Citadel (Photos)

Giuseppe Petricca

Night sky photographer Giuseppe Petricca of Pisa, Italy, took these gorgeous images on March 3 of the crescent moon illuminated with earthshine over an Italian citadel. [See how he did it. ]

Moon and Mercury Shine Together in Amateur Photo

Victor C. Rogus

Skywatcher Victor Rogus of Jadwin, Missouri captured this wonderful image of 4 percent illuminated moon in conjunction with planet Mercury on Feb. 27, 2014. [See how he did it. ]

Amateur Astronomers Capture Magnificent Mix of Celestial Delights in Amazing Photo

Robert Fields | Terry Hancock

Michigan-based photographers Terry Hancock and Robert Fields captured this brilliant image of three nebulas and a star cluster on April 11. [See how they did it. ]

Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time?

Dora Miller/

Astrophotographer Dora Miller sent in a photo of an auroral display over Alaska, taken April 20, 2014. She writes in an email message to "A very intense and colorful show of northern lights happened last night here in Alaska. I have been shooting auroras for many years but last night was a mind blower." Miller is based in Talkeetna, AK. [See more here. ]

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