The 100 Best Space Photos of 2016

Harvest Moon over Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Chris Cook

Photographer Chris Cook captured this big, bright Harvest Moon rising over Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Harvest Moon over Murrell's Inlet

Austin Bond

Photographer Austin Bond took this photo of the Harvest Moon rising on Sep. 17 in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

Cloudy Partial Solar Eclipse

Dominyk Lever

Photographer Dominyk Lever captured this series of images of the annular solar eclipse over Arusha, Tanzania, on Sept. 1.

Fishing by the Super-Moonlight

David McNew/Getty Images

The supermoon sets behind a group of fishermen at Redondo Beach, Calif. on Nov. 14.

Almost 'Super' Moon Rises Over NYC Skyline

Gowri​shankar L.

Amateur astrophotographer Gowrishankar created this timelapse image of November's nearly-full moon rising behind New York city's Freedom Tower on Nov. 12. He set up his camera at the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City, New Jersey and took 10 photos at 3-minute intervals to create this composite.

'Supermoon' Behind the Statue of Freedom

NASA/Joel Kowsky

The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol Dome is seen in silouette infront of the supermoon on Nov. 14 in Washington, DC.

Supermoon in Space


French astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured this shot of the supermoon from the International Space Station on Dec. 14.

ISS Flies Over Vienna

Matthias Raudonis

Photographer Matthias Raudonis captured this photo of the International Space Station as it flew over Vienna, Austria on June 10.

Barred Spiral Galaxy

Star Shadows Remote Observatory: Warren Keller and Steve Mazlin

Astrophotographer Warren Keller took this photo of galaxy NGC 1365, part of the Fornax galaxy cluster, which lies about 60 million light-years from Earth. The barred spiral galaxy is one of the largest ever seen.

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Hanneke Weitering
Contributing expert

Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.