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The 100 Best Space Photos of 2016

'Polar Ring' Galaxy

Astrophotographer Ron Brecher took this image of NGC 669, a "polar ring galaxy", from Guelph, Ontario on Sep. 19.Read the full story here.

Harvest Moonrise

The Harvest Moon rises over Sesimbra Castle, Portugal. This image was taken by Miguel Claro, who said the disc of the moon reached 100% illumination exactly at the same time it was rising in the Portuguese sky. Read the full story here.

'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse

Slooh and Weathernews Japan

A solar eclipse made its way across the African sky on Sept. 1. As the moon crossed the sun's face, the two created a "ring of fire." Pictured here is the annular solar eclipse as seen from Reunion Island, east of Madagascar. Read the full story here.

Milky Way Over Nebraska

Rick Moore

Skywatcher Rick Moore took this image when he was stargazing at the Platte River, in Louisville, Nebraska. Read the full story here.

Perseid Meteors Over Indiana

Alex Paul

Skywatcher Alex Paul created this long-exposure view of the 2016 Perseid meteor shower from northern Indiana while observing the shower's peak on Aug. 11-12.

Dark Snake Nebula

Astrophotographer John Chumack took this image focusing on Barnard 72, or the Snake Nebula, from John Bryan State Park Observatory in Yellow Springs, Ohio on July 2. Read the full story here.

Rainbow Airglow Over Azores Island

Miguel Claro/www.miguelclaro.com

Above the low clouds on Pico Mountain, skywatcher Miguel Claro captured this incredible ‘rainbow airglow’ in March from Pico Island, Azores. Read the full story here.

Cocoon Nebula

Terry Hancock

Located 4,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus, the Cocoon Nebula is surrounded by a bright-red, glowing cloud of hydrogen gas. Read the full story here.

Milky Way and Comet 252P/LINEAR

Astrophotographer Jim Abels took this image of a comet and the Milky Way from Montauk, New York in April 2016. Read the full story here.

Morning Milky Way

Matt Pollock

Minutes before clouds gathered over the night sky, astrophotographer Matt Pollock took this image of the Milky Way in March from Cherry Plain State Park in Petersburg, New York. Read the full story here.

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