101 Best Night Sky Photos of 2014 by Stargazers

Spooky Moon

BG Boyd

Superstition did not keep skywatchers from taking in the amazing sight of the full moon on June 13, 2014. To prepare for the event, photographer BG Boyd went out a night earlier, on June 12, to see the event from Tucson, Arizona.See more amazing photos of the Friday the 13th moon.

Comet Jacques

Chris Schur

Amateur astronomer Chris Schur sent in a photo of Comet Jacques backdropped against the Milky Way, taken in Payson, Arizona, on Aug. 26, 2014. See more amazing photos of Comet Jacques.

Home Galaxy Panorama

A. Garrett Evans

A. Garrett Evans sent in a panoramic image of the Milky Way over a field in central New Hampshire, on the morning of June 23, 2014.Read the full story behind this photo.

Rattlesnake Lake

Matt Zietzke

Matt Zietzke took this image from Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend, Washington on May 19, 2014.Read the full story.

Holding Up the Night

Miguel Claro

Veteran night sky photographer Miguel Claro captured this phenomenal image of a skywatcher appearing to hold up the night sky like the mythical Atlas. Claro took the image from the Azores in Portugal on May 4, 2014, with the constellation Sagittarius on the left and Scorpius on the right. Read the story behind this photo, and see an an annotated view.

Frosty Drew Milky Way

Frosty Drew | Scott MacNeill

Amateur astronomer Scott MacNeill captured this view of bright galactic center of the Milky Way and a stunning view of Saturn from his own Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island. See how he did it here.

Camelopardalid Meteor and Aurora

Gail Lamm

Wow. Simply wow. A small Camelopardalid meteor streaks through the northern lights as the Milky Way shines overhead in this stunning photo by stargazer Gail Lamm from Balmoral, Manitoba in Canada on May 24, 2014. A new meteor shower for 2014, the Cameleopardalids prompted much speculation that they could be a potential meteor storm of the century, but failed to match the most generous predictions. They were created by debris from the comet Comet 209P/LINEAR. See more Camelopardalid meteor shower photos.

Comet Jacques on Aug. 17, 2014

Chris Schur

Astrophotographer Chris Schur sent in a photo of Comet Jacques, taken in Payson, Arizona, on Aug. 6, 2014. He said: "The half moon was nearby making the shot a bit light polluted, but the head and some of the tail showed up nicely." See more photos of Comet Jacques.

Breathtaking Auroras

Dora Miller/www.AuroraDora.com

Dora Miller sent in these photos of a spectacular northern lights show over Alaska on April 20, 2014. See what it felt like to see the dazzling aurora display.

Milky Way Over Joshua Tree National Park

Shreenivasan Manievannan

This photo of the Milky Way shining over strange rock formations at Joshua Tree National Park was taken by night sky photographer Shreenivasan Manievannan, who sent it in on May 1, 2014.

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