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We’re looking for images you’ve taken of your sky—whether those images are of galaxies captured through a telescope or perhaps pictures of an incredible night sky, an eclipse, a star party, or a rocket launch. We can’t guarantee that we’ll publish every image and story—but we will look at each and every one and will showcase as many as possible here on our website and a few might make it to our magazine, The Planetary Report. We look forward to seeing your Sky.

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MY SKY Images from Our Members

My moon

My first astronomy picture ever.

Joy in a Moment

The Milky Way above Monument Valley

Hell hangs high!

Venus at its greatest eastern elongation of 2017. Captured using an iPhone 6s.

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MY STORY Stories From Our Members

A Tower of Smoke

by Jordan Rice

September 8, 2016

As a child I was introduced to science in the same way many are... through science fiction. Star Wars was one of the first science fiction films I had seen. A few years later the Star Wars prequels were released, which although many dispute their greatness, they were also influential, introducing aspects of space travel such as the hyperspace ring.

My love for science fiction would foster; however there would be one experience, which would provide a transition from fascination with science fiction to a fascination with the real world of science. On July 8, 2011, I stood just a few ... more »

Our Closest Friend

by Matteo Norcia

August 9, 2016

Hi there! My name is Matteo. I am a physics major currently doing undergrad, planning on going to grad school for astronomy and then astrophysics. This picture I took of the full moon was on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at 12:35am when the moon was about 238,511 miles away. It was 99.8% illuminated and its altitude was 31 degrees. I took this with my Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ. We haven't been to the moon for almost forty-four years! Let's go back, and thank it for everything it does for us!

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J. Keith Sowell, a Planetary Astronomer and Volunteer

by J. Keith Sowell

July 16, 2016

I am a Planetary Astronomer and Planetary Society Volunteer and will be the Florida East Coast Outreach Coordinator. I am a NASA OSIRIS-REX Mission Ambassador and give astronomy demonstrations and training in Titusville Florida which is next to Kennedy Space Center. The Planetary Society helped me get my position because I signed up for the certificate to get my name sent to the asteroid Bennu. After I signed up, I put in my application to be an Ambassador and a year later I was named one. I also got a VIP pass to the OSIRIS-REx launch on September 8, 2016. ... more »

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