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The 100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017

Orionid Meteors

Orion meteors streak through the starry sky over Big Bend National Park in western Texas. This stellar self-portrait is a composite of four shots by Sergio Garcia Rill.

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Cliff Diving During the Solar Eclipse

Dustin Snipes/Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Cliff Diving Celebrates the Great American Eclipse with Spectacular Photo Shoot. Diver Helena Merten of Australia leaps from the 20 meter platform into a pool in front of a full solar eclipse.

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A Meteor 'Faceplant'

A meteor appears to pierce the Earth in this shot of the 2017 Orionid meteor shower. Photographer Sergio Garcia Rill was setting up a second camera at Big Bend National Park in Texas when he snapped this self-portrait.

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ISS Transits the Near-Harvest Moon

Alexander Krivenyshev, WorldTimeZone.com

Alexander Krivenyshev of WorldTimeZone.com captured this view of the International Space Station transiting the face of the nearly full moon from Edgewater, New Jersey, on Oct. 4, 2017.

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Shooting Stars and a Shipwreck

An Orionid meteor streaks across the sky over a shipwreck on the coast of New Jersey.

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Total Solar Eclipse from the Air

Joe Rao/Space.com

Space.com skywatching columnist Joe Rao got this unique view of the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, aboard a special Alaska Airlines charter flight.

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ISS Transits the Solar Eclipse

Joel Kowsky/NASA ISS transit composite-image

A composite image made from seven frames that shows the International Space Station transiting a partial eclipse of the sun.

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A Colorful Perseid Meteor

Stojan Stojanovski

A Perseid meteor streaks over National Park Galicica Ohrid, Macedonia, on Aug. 12, 2017, in this view by astrophotographer Stojan Stojanovski with the Ohrid Astronomy Association.

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Perseid Meteor Shower Fireball

Maxim Senin

Photographer Maxim Senin captured this "one-in-a-million" fireball during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 12, 2017, while observing with his family from Templin Highway near Castaic, California.

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Partial Lunar Eclipse

Gianluca Masi, an astrophysicist with the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy, captured this view during his live broadcast of the partial lunar eclipse on Aug. 7, 2017.


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