Lofoten Islands, Norway
Northern lights (aurora borealis) illuminate the sky over Torsfjorden in the Arctic Circle of Norway.
Image Credit: Photograph by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images.
People watch the total solar eclipse from Clingmans Dome, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
Image Credit: Photograph by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters.
At 2:49 p.m. ET, the eclipse crossed Charleston, S.C., and moved out over the Atlantic, exactly as predicted.
It left behind millions of Americans whose view of the world was briefly altered and, for some, forever changed.
The moon covers the sun near Redmond, Oregon.
Image Credit: Photograph by Ted S. Warren/AP.
The moon, framed by ashes from the Mount Sinabung volcano, is seen during the peak of the penumbral eclipse.
The phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow, blocking part of the sunlight from reaching the moon and causing a partial eclipse.
Sturgeon Moon, August: Fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month.
Image Credit: Photograph by Tibta Pangin/AFP/Getty Images
Overall winner and people and space category winner
Transport the Soul
Image Credit: Photograph by Brad Goldpaint
2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Noctilucent clouds stretch across the Swedish sky, illuminating photographer Ruslan Merzlyakov’s ride home in this dramatic display.
Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere and form above 61km above the surface.
Thought to be formed of ice crystals, the clouds occasionally become visible at twilight when the Sun is below the horizon and illuminates them.
Photographer Andrei Sheliakin Captures Stunning Photos Show Couples Silhouetted Against Night Sky
These incredible images show a heart-warming moment between a loving couple as they’re lit up under a stunning starry night sky.
Taken on the Crimean Peninsula, the images show couples posed up beneath a glorious midnight skyscape.
“I have to take the shots at night so it makes the shoot more difficult both for me and for the couples. “Usually though, they’re up for anything to get the shots like these.
Of course, in summer everything is easier and more comfortable,” said photographer Andrei Sheliakin.
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