The 100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017

Pleiades star cluster

Miguel Claro

Glimmering through a dusty nebula that surrounds the Pleiades star cluster is the faint spiral galaxy UGC 2838, visible in the bottom-right corner of this photo by astrophotographer Miguel Claro.

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Southern Lights Shine at South Pole Alongside Milky Way

Hunter Davis

"With the solstice coming up and marking the half point through winter, it's kind of sad to think we will lose this beautiful night sky soon," astrophotographer Hunter Davis told Come early August, the sun will once again appear on the horizon at his location in Antarctica.

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Full Pink Moon and violinist

Miguel Claro

The full Pink Moon rises behind a violinist on April 11, 2017 in this amazing photo by veteran astrophotography Miguel Claro. The image was taken in Borba, Alentejo in Portugal.


Thunder moon in NYC

Chirag Upreti

An airplane passes over New York City and the full Thunder Moon on July 9 at 8:50 p.m. EDT (0050 GMT on July 10).

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Aurora Spotted by an Astronaut


Thomas Pesquet, a European Space Agency astronaut on the International Space Station, captured vivid views of auroras crossing Earth's surface and a sunrise from orbit.

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Andromeda among Cloud Formations

Rogelio Bernal Andreo,

Astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo took this image of the Andromeda Galaxy among cloud formations from California in December 2016.

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Thunder moon in South Carolina

Austin Bond Photography

The full Thunder Moon appears to perch atop a wooden cross in this photo taken from the Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, on July 9 at 9:06 p.m. EST (0106 GMT on July 10).

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Moon Occults Aldebaran

Gowrishankar L.

Gowrishankar L. photographed the moon's occultation of Aldebaran from the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area near Doodletown, New York, on March 4, 2017.

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Thunder Moon & Empire State Building

Gowrishankhar L.

The full Thunder Moon rises behind the tip of the Empire State Building in New York City on July 8 at 10:56 p.m. EDT (0256 GMT on July 9).

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Sounding Rocket in Jersey

Chris Bakley

Chris Bakley photographed the sounding rocket launch from Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

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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.