The 100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017

Orionid Meteors

Sergio Garcia Rill

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'

Sergio Garcia Rill

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,

Alexander Krivenyshev of 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

Jeff Berkes

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/ 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/Virtual Telescope Project

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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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.