101 Best Night Sky Photos of 2014 by Stargazers

Cosmic Tracks

Chris Bakley/chrisbakleyphotography.com

Night sky photographer Chris Bakley caught this suprising view of old train tracks, uncovered by a storm, beneath a stunning night sky while exploring the beach of Cape May, New Jersey. More amazing photos from November.

The Meteor & Me

Béla Papp

Astrophotographer Béla Papp was trying to take a photo of himself before clouds obscured the sky, and managed to capture a Geminid meteor as well. He took this image from Hungary on Dec. 11, 2014. See more amazing 2014 Geminid meteor photos.

Finland's Independence Day

Thomas Kast

The northern lights dance over Vihiluoto, Finland on Finnish Independence Day on Dec. 6, 2014 in this jaw-dropping view from photographer Thomas Kast. See more amazing December night sky photos.

Tobias Lookout

Casey James

Photographer Casey James took this image on Aug. 2, 2014 from Tobias Lookout near Kernville, California. Two meteors can clearly be seen, with the Andromeda galaxy visible to the upper right, above the Milky Way. You can see more of James' photography on Instagram at @caseyjamesphotography. Read the full story behind this photo.

McWay Falls and Milky Way

Rogelio Bernal Andreo/DeepSkyColors.com

Photographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo sent in this photo of the Milky Way over McWay Falls in Big Sur, California. The photo is a composite view made up of 12 different images. taken on May 10 and 11. See more photos from the week.

Total Lunar Eclipse in Texas

Mark Ezell

April 15, 2014 marked the first total lunar eclipse of the year, and skywatchers took note. Photographer Mark Ezell created this composite view of the entire eclipse as it occurred over the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas. See more stunning photos of the April 15 total lunar eclipse.

Catching a Comet

Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

Amateur astronomer Adam Black captured this amazing photo of Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS from Arizona's Mount Lemmon SkyCenter in May 2014.See the story behind this photo.

Milky Way Over Azores

Miguel Claro/www.miguelclaro.com

Veteran night sky photographer Miguel Claro captured this amazing image of the Milky Way was taken from the Azores, an area with nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean near Portugal on April 5, 2014. a href="http://www.space.com/26016-milky-way-azores-stunning-amateur-photo.html">See how he did it here.

The Maine Night Sky

Steven Coates/http://coatesastrophotography.com/about.html

Skywatcher and photographer Steven Coates captured this view of the night sky over rural Maine in the summer of 2013, but sent it in to Space.com on June 2, 2014. A bull makes a cameo in the foreground.

The View from Here

Scott Ramsey

Astrophotographer Scott Ramsey sent in this serene photo of the night sky over North Carolina mountains on May 31, 2014.

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