The 100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017

Milky Way & Venus

Oscar Vasquez

A skywatcher gazes at the Milky Way with Venus shining brightly on the horizon in this photo taken at Gallagher Canyon near Lexington, Nebraska on Nov. 30, 2016. Amateur astrophotographer Oscar Vasquez told that this was "the first picture I have ever taken where you can actually appreciate the night sky."

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Meet 'Steve'

Dave Markel Photography

Photographer Dave Markel caught this view of a strange aurora-like feature that appears in the skies of northern Canada. Based on data from European Space Agency's Swarm satellites, it appears to be a 16-mile-wide (25 km) ribbon of flowing gas in an area whose temperature is 5,500 degrees Fahrenheit (3,000 degrees Celsius) higher than the surroundings; the gas flows at 3.5 miles per second (6 km/s) compared to a speed of 33 feet/second (10 m/s) on either side of the ribbon. They're calling the feature "Steve."

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Milky Way Proposal

Sergio Emilio Montúfar Codoñer

Astrophotographer Sergio Montúfar proposed to his girlfriend, Barby, beneath the Milky Way in Cabo Raso, Argentina on Sept. 27, 2016. (She said yes!)

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Airplane Crosses the Supermoon

Nate Laurant

An airplane flies in front of the supermoon in this photo taken by Nate Laurant near Michigan's Ann Arbor airport.

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Solar Prominences

Stan Honda

In Madra, Oregon, prominences are clear at totality.

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Supermoon December 2017

Gandhi Kumar/@gmnkumar

The supermoon appears to rest on top of a pole in this photo by Gandhi Kumar in Boulder, Colorado.

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Star Trails in Virginia

Chris Becke

Colorful vapor clouds disperse in front of star trails in this image captured by Chris Becke in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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ISS over Washington National Cathedral

Bill Ingalls/NASA

The International Space Station streaks over Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in this 20-second exposure taken Nov. 29, 2017.

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Eta Aquarid Meteors Dazzle in Spectacular 'Shooting Star'

Harriet Thomas

Eta Aquarid meteors dash over the Port Hills of Christchurch, New Zealand, on May 6, 2017.

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Iridium Flare over Isaac Newton Telescope

Miguel Claro

An Iridium flare shines above the white dome of the Isaac Newton Telescope in this photo by astrophotographer Miguel Claro.

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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.