The 100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017

Falcon 9 Streak with EchoStar 23


The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the EchoStar 23 satellite streaks into space in this long-exposure view of its nighttime launch from Par 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the wee hours of March 16, 2017.

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Sunrise in Space

Shane Kimbrough/NASA

Good morning from the International Space Station! NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweeted this photo of the sunrise from orbit yesterday morning. Because the space station circles the Earth every 92 minutes, the crew experiences 16 sunrises every day.

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'Pink' Moonrise over Boston

Chris Cook/

The full "pink" moon rises over Boston in this photo taken by Chris Cook on April 11. April's full moon isn't actually pink; it's named after the wild ground phlox, one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. Cook said the full moon appeared red-orange that evening due to "the thick atmosphere, dust, haze and pollen in the air."

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'Star Shower' at the Space Station

Thomas Pesquet/ESA/NASA/Twitter

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured star trails swirling around the Earth in this photo he took from the International Space Station. "It's not a star shower, but sure looks like it," Pesquet tweeted on April 16. "Flying at 28,000 km/h [17,400 mph] allows us to see the starry sky parading before our eyes like a mobile in a children's room... except life-size."

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The Heart Nebula

Ron Brecher

This heart-shaped cloud of cosmic gas and dust is called the "Heart Nebula," or IC 1805. It lies about 7,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia.

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Minimoon over NYC

Stan Honda

As the Strawberry Minimoon rises over New York City, a British Airways plane descends toward Newark Liberty International Airport in this photo taken by Stan Honda on June 9.

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Comet 45P in Hawaii

Jim Denny

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusáková captured in Kekaha, Hawaii on Dec. 23, 2016.

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Barnard 343

Jeffrey O. Johnson

Astrophotographer Jeffrey O. Johnson took this image from his backyard in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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A gorgeous, green meteor flies toward the northern lights in this stunning image by astrophotographer Matthew Skinner. He captured the meteor over a mountain range near Palmer, Alaska just after midnight on Dec. 14, when the Geminid meteor shower was at i

Tony Corso

Photographer Tony Corso captured a bright Geminid meteor under clear, starry skies just south of Paris, Texas. [The 2017 Geminid Meteor Shower: Amazing Photos by Stargazers]

VLT & the Milky Way

P. Horálek/ESO

Zodiacal light and a shimmering Milky Way illuminate the night sky in this stunning panoramic view of the Very Large Telescope array (VLT). Located at the European Southern Observatory's remote facilities on the Cerro Paranal mountain in northern Chile, VLT isn't exposed to much light pollution. This makes the observatory not just a good place for telescope observations, but also for amazing astrophotography.

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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.