The 100 Best Space Photos of 2016

Perseid Meteor Over the Red River

Photographer Tony Corso snapped this image of a Perseid meteor streaking over the Red River just north of Paris, Texas while observing on the night of Aug. 10, one day ahead of the Perseid meteor shower's peak for the year.

Early Perseid Over Outer Banks, N.C.

John Entwistle Photography

A Perseid meteor streaks over the beach at Corolla in Outer Banks, North Carolina in the early-morning hours of Aug. 5 in this image by photographer John Entwistle.

Perseid Meteors Over Blackgang Cliffs

Adrian Brown

Photographer Adrian Brown captured this stunning composite view of Perseid meteors streaking over the cliffs of Blackgang on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom on Aug. 6 ahead of the 2016 Perseid meteor shower's peak.

Perseid Meteor Streaks Over Outer Banks

John Entwistle Photography

Photographer John Entwistle snapped this stunning view of a Perseid meteor over Corolla in the Outer Banks of North Carolina early on Aug. 12 during the peak of the 2016 Perseid meteor shower.

Mauna Kea Milky Way

Michael Beck

Astrophotographer Mike Beck took this image of the orange sky from Mauna Kea, Hawaii on June 28. Read the full story here.

Milky Way Shining Behind Massachusetts Lighthouse

Jatin Thakkar

The Milky Way shines behind the Nauset Lighthouse in Eastham, Massachusetts. Taken on July 2, 2016, this night sky photo captures the rotating light beams radiating in all directions from the tower, with the Milky Way tucked between two streams of light.

Electric-blue "night-shining" clouds

Ruslan Merzlyakov/RMS photography

Electric-blue "night-shining" clouds can be seen swirling over the skyline of Nykøbing Mors in Denmark on July 1. Read the full story here.

Strawberry Moon from Space

Jeff Williams

The full moon, photographed on June 20, from the International Space Station by astronaut Jeff Williams. According to Williams, the shot was taken while the station was flying over western China. Read the full story here.

Full Moon Details

Giuseppe Petricca

The details of the moon's surface are crisp and clear in this image taken on June 20, from Sulmona, Abruzzo, Italy, during a full moon.

Milky Way Self-Portrait

Joshua Snow | Joshua Snow Photography

Next to a looming arch, astrophotographer Joshua Snow stands under the Milky Way in one of his favorite skywatching spots. He took the image from Arches National Park in Moab, Utah in May. 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.