The 100 Best Space Photos of 2016

Strawberry Moonrise

Grant Johnson

A series of shots of the full moon on June 20, taken from Duluth, Minnesota's Park Point beach. The Superior Entry Lighthouse can be seen in the foreground. The photo was sent in by photographer Grant Johnson. Read the full story here.

Tycho Crater

John Chumack |

Astrophotographer John Chumack took this image of Tycho Crater on the moon's surface on Feb. 19. Read the full story here.

Plane Crosses Solar Eclipse

Vincent Tan (AKA DarthCryder)

While photographing the total solar eclipse of March 8, astrophotographer Vincent Tan caught a plane also transiting the sun's face. Tan's Instagram account gives the location of the photo as the Marina Barrage dam in Singapore. See more photos from this total solar eclipse here.

Airplane Crosses the 'Supermoon' Over NYC

Stan Honda

Photographer Stan Honda caught this photo of a West Jet airplane flying in front of the supermoon after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York on Nov. 13. See more photos of November's supermoon here.

Birds Photobomb a Waning 'Supermoon'

Luciano Tsiros

Luciano Tsiros was surprised to find a flock of birds in his supermoon photos. "I found out about the birds only when I loaded the memory card in my computer to work on the pictures," Tsiros said. "Since the Moon was pretty high and shutter speed was at 1/1000th of a second the chances of taking this kind of picture on purpose are pretty slim."

Soyuz and the 'Supermoon'

NASA / Bill Ingalls

November's supermoon is seen rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan on Monday, Nov. 14. Watch the video here.

Supermoon Party!

Zack Payne

Amateur astronomer Zack Payne took these photos of the supermoon during his "moon party" in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Nov. 14. Read the full story here.

Horsehead Nebula

Terry Hancock/Down Under Observatory

The horsehead nebula, taken by astrophotographer Terry Hancock, and featured in the new book "The Armchair Astronomer — Vol. 1 (Nebulae)."

The Pleiades Star Cluster

Ron Brecher

This image of M45, or the Pleiades star cluster, was taken by Ron Brecher in October 2016. Read the full story here.

Milky Way Over Arizona

Kelly Klymenko |

Kelli Klymenko, a photographer in Sedona, took this image of the Milky Way from Cathedral Rock Trail in Arizona. Read the full story here.

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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.