The 100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017

Northern Lights Over Denmark

Ruslan Merzlyakov | RMS Photography

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

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Full Strawberry Moon and Manhattan

John Entwistle

The full Strawberry Moon rises over Manhattan in this photo taken by John Entwistle on June 9.

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Annular Eclipse of Feb. 26, 2017


This image shows the stages of the 2017 annular eclipse surrounding peak annularity, courtesy of the Slooh Community Observatory.

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Comet 45P Across the Sky

Gerald Rhemann

This image captures Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková as it streaks across Earth's sky.

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Orion the Hunter and Orionid meteor shower

Gowrishankar L.

The constellation Orion the Hunter takes center stage in this Orionid meteor shower shot by astrophotographer Gowrishankar Lakshminarayanan. He captured these Orionid meteors streaking through the sky over New York's Catskill Mountains on Oct. 21.

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ISS Transits the Moon

Joel Kowsky/NASA

The silhouette of the International Space Station passes in front of the moon in this photo taken by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky on Dec. 2, just one day before the "supermoon."

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A Tiny Galactic Nucleus

ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

Most spiral galaxies like the Milky Way have a supermassive black hole at the center. But this spiral galaxy, named RX J1140.1+0307, is centered on a black hole with one of the lowest masses ever found in a galactic core. The Hubble Space Telescope captured this imaged of RX J1140.1+0307, which lies in the Virgo constellation.

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Rosette Nebula

Miguel Claro

This stunning cosmic flower is known as the Rosette Nebula. Spanning 50 light-years across, it is the largest "rose" in the galaxy (albeit made primarily of dust, gas and baby stars). Approximately 2,500 newborn stars reside within this flowery nebula, and more continue to form out of its clouds of cosmic dust.

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Sounding Rocket Flies in Alaska to Study Auroras

NASA/Terry Zaperach

NASA launched a Black Brant IX sounding rocket straight toward the northern lights early in the morning on on Feb. 22. It was the first of two rockets launched from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska that will study the structure of auroras using an instrument called the Ionospheric Structuring: In Situ and Groundbased Low Altitude StudieS (ISINGLASS).

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Rho Ophiuchi

Miguel Claro

The Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, captured by astrophotographer Miguel Claro from Cumeada Observatory, headquarters of Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal. [Read more]

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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.