The 100 Best Space Photos of 2016

Aurora Australis

Manoj Kesavan | Manoj Kesavan Film and Photography

On Mother’s Day weekend, a surprise geomagnetic storm got astrophotographer Manoj Kesavan his first ever Aurora image. He captured the image on May 8 from Lake McGregor on South Island, New Zealand. Read the full story here.

Mars, Saturn, Antares and Comet

Tom Harper

Astrophotographer Tom Harper took this image of Mars, Saturn, Antares and a spring comet on April 7, 2016 from Sámara, Costa Rica. Read the full story here.

Meteor Fireball Over Northeast US

Mike McCormack |

A dazzling fireball lights up the night sky over the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on May 17 in this stunning still image captured by a camera with and provided by Mike McCormack. The meteor was widely visible across the U.S. northeast and the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum is offering a reward for any meteorites from the event. Read the full story and watch the video here.

Milky Way Glitters Over Arches National Park

Manish Mamtani Photography |

Astrophotographer Manish Mamtani took this image of the Milky Way in April 2016 from Arches and Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Read the full story here.

Milky Way and Comet 252P/LINEAR

George Scolaro

Skywatcher George Scolaro took the image of the Milky Way and Comet 252P/LINEAR on March 4, 2016 at Sandy Point Beach in Belfast, Maine.

March Milky Way

Joshua Snow | Joshua Snow Photography

This image of the Milky Way was taken from Montauk, New York in the first week of March 2016 on Snow’s first trip to the area.

Milky Way at Hunting Island State Park

Shreenivasan Manievannan/Shreeniclix Photography

Astrophotographer Shreenivasan Manievannan caught the Milky Way on Feb 13, 2016, in Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina.

Paragliding Through Aurora Borealis

Frode Sandbech/Red Bull Content Pool

In this stunning long-exposure view, paraglider Horacio Llorens creates light streaks with green auroras in the background during a flight in Tromsø, Norway, on Jan. 13, 2016.

Paraglider Horacio Llorens

Frode Sandbech/Red Bull Content Pool

Paraglider Horacio Llorens stands beneath the shimmering northern lights after a flight in Tromsø, Norway, on Jan. 6, 2016. Read the full story and watch the video here.

Star Trails and Creepy Crawlers

Adam Gordon

Amateur astrophotographer Adam Gordon took this photo of star trails in Anza Borrego Desert State Park in southern California on Sept. 30.

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Hanneke Weitering
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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.