The 100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017

Minimoon Over Brooklyn

Gowrishankar L.

The Strawberry Minimoon rises over New York's Brooklyn Bridge in this composite by astrophotographer Gowrishankar L. on June 9.

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ISS Flyover

Gowrishankar L.

The International Space Station streaks across the New Jersey sky in this image by astrophotographer Gowrishankar L. It flew over an observatory at Jenny Jump State Forest for about five minutes on June 3, 2017, taking just enough time for the stars to leave small trails in the photo as they circle around the North Star.

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ISS Spies an Aurora over Europe

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Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, with the European Space Agency, photographed the aurora over Northern Europe from on board the International Space Station.

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Northern Lights Over Denmark

Astrophotographer Ruslan Merzlyakov took this image over Feggesund, Mors island, Denmark on April 22.

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Eta Aquarid Meteor Over Mount Bromo

Photographer Justin Ng of Singapore captured this stunning view of an Eta Aquarid meteor streaking over Mount Bromo in Indonesia during the meteor shower's peak on May 6, 2017.

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Comet 41P

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák shines a brilliant green in this photo by astrophotgrapher Chris Schur on March 24, 2017. The comet made its closest pass by Earth on April 1.

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Supermoon December 2017

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The supermoon rises over Tampa, Florida, on Dec. 3, 2017, in this shot by astrophotographer Jacob Zimmer.

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Moon Occults Aldebaran

Scott MacNeill/Frosty Drew Observatory

Scott MacNeill captured the moon's occultation of Aldebaran from the graze line in central Rhode Island. From his point of view, the star appeared to skim the moon's surface.

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Tarantula Photobombs the Geminid Meteor Shower

During a live webcast of the Geminid meteor shower, hosted by the Virtual Telescope Project, a tarantula crept across the camera as a meteor streaked across the sky in the upper edge of the image. [The 2017 Geminid Meteor Shower: Amazing Photos by Stargazers]

A Cosmic Koi Fish

Jaspal Chadha

Messier 82, a bright galaxy rich with new star formation, looks a bit like a cosmic koi fish in this image by astrophotographer Jaspal Chadha. Located 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major, this galaxy is about five times more luminous than the Milky Way. It is also known as the Cigar Galaxy, or NGC 3034.

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