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The 100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017

Totality with Earthshine

Gowrishankar Lakshminarayanan

In Shoshoni, Wyoming, the solar eclipse reached totality with earthshine.

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Wow! Astronaut Captures Incredible View of 'Fireball' Meteor from Space (Video)


A screenshot from Paolo Nespoli's video of a meteoroid shows a fireball zipping through the atmosphere on Nov. 5, 2017. A red circle indicates the location of the fireball.

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Sunspots from Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve

A skywatcher (center in silhouette) observes a group of sunspots from the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve in Portugal by astrophotographer Miguel Claro.

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The Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

Stan Honda

A wide angle lens composite at the Lowell Observatory Eclipse Experience at Madras High School in Madras, OR, captured the total solar eclipse.

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Milky Way Shimmers Over Smoky Skies in Stunning View from Yosemite National Park

The Milky Way shines above a band of smoke that is visible from the Tunnel View of Yosemite National Park.

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Heart Nebula

Heart Nebula IC 1805 captured by astrophotographer Miguel Claro from Cumeada Observatory, headquarters of Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal.

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Star Trails & Pumpkins

Star trails swirl over three smiling jack-o'-lanterns in this night-sky photo by amateur astronomer Gowrishankar L.

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Orionid Meteor Over the Atlantic

An Orionid meteor passes over the Atlantic Ocean near the New Jersey coast just before sunrise on Oct. 21.

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NGC 1512 & NGC 1510

Warren Keller/Steve Mazlin/Mark Hanson/Rex Parker/Tommy Tse/Pete Proulx/David Plesko/SSRO

The large, barred spiral galaxy NGC 1512 has a little galactic neighbor named NGC 1510 that is causing its spiral arms to warp. "The larger 1512 has a double ring structure, with one set of arms surrounding the nucleus, the other dimmer and much further out to the right," Warren Keller of the Star Shadows Observatory in Chile wrote in a description. "The gravitational interaction with 'little' NGC 1510 is responsible for this warping and is particularly apparent in the bridge between the two galaxies."

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ISS Crosses the Sun

Astrophotographer Miguel Claro took this photos of the International Space Station crossing the sun's disk on June 14, 2017 from the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve in Mourão, Portugal.

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