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The World at Night 2013

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The Milky Way and aurora over Godafoss (or waterfall of the gods), Iceland. This image by Stephane Vetter of France (www.nuitsacrees.fr) was the first winner in the Beauty of the Night Sky category.

Waterfall of the gods

The World at Night's "Earth and Sky" photo contest highlights images that show off the beauties of the night sky and its battle with light pollution. The top images for 2013 were selected from submissions by photographers in about 45 countries. This image by Stephane Vetter of France (http://www.nuitsacrees.fr) was the first-place winner in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category. It shows the Milky Way and aurora over Godafoss (or "Waterfall of the Gods") in Iceland.

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Stephane Vetter
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Stars over Salzburg, Austria, by Andreas Max Baeckle. This image was the first winner in the Against the Lights category.

Stars over Salzburg

The city lights of Salzburg cast an orangish glow in this photo, taken from a vantage point in the Austrian Alps by Andreas Max Bockle. This image was the first-place winner in the "Against the Lights" category.

Andreas Max Baeckle
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"Crossed Destinies," the Milky Way over Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean by Luc Perrot of France (www.lucperrot.fr). This image was the 2nd winner in the the Beauty of the Night Sky category.

Crossed destinies

"Crossed Destinies" shows the Milky Way over Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. This image, by Luc Perrot of France (www.lucperrot.fr), was the second-place winner in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.

Luc Perrot
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Stars and lights at a canyon lake near Globe, Ariz., by Zach Grether (www.zgrethphoto.com). This image was the 2nd winner in the Against the Lights category.

Lake of stars

Stars and city lights shine in the skies above a canyon lake near Globe, Ariz. This image, by Zach Grether (http://www.zgrethphoto.com), took second place in the "Against the Lights" category.

Zach Grether
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"Meteor Magic," an aurora and a fireball over Manitoba, Canada, by Shannon Bileski (www.signatureexposures.com). This image was the 3rd winner in the Beauty of the Night Sky category.

Meteor magic

A fireball flashes amid the auroral lights in the skies over the Canadian province of Manitoba. The image from Shannon Bileski (http://www.signatureexposures.com) was the third-place winner in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.

Shannon Bileski
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The Milky Way over the Alps during a summer solstice fire festival in Tryol, Austria, by Norbert Span. This image was the third winner in the Against the Lights category.

Fire festival

The stars of the Milky Way twinkle over the Austrian Alps during a fire festival to celebrate the summer solstice in Tyrol. Norbert Span's image was the third-place winner in the "Against the Lights" category.

Norbert Span
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"Solar Storm" shows an aurora borealis near Tromso, northern Norway, by Fredrik Broms (www.northernlightsphotography.no). This image was the 4th winner in the Beauty of the Night Sky category.

Solar storm

"Solar Storm" shows an aurora borealis near Tromso, northern Norway. The picture was taken by Fredrik Broms (http://www.northernlightsphotography.no), and won fourth place in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.

Fredrik Broms
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Bridging the earth and sky: The glow of Globe, Ariz., lights up clouds above the Roosevelt Lake Bridge. This image by Zach Grether (www.zgrethphoto.com) was the 4th winner in the Against the Lights category.

Bridging the earth and sky

The glow of Globe, Ariz., lights up clouds above the Roosevelt Lake Bridge. This image by Zach Grether (http://www.zgrethphoto.com) was the fourth-place winner in the "Against the Lights" category.

Zach Grether
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The Nov. 14 solar eclipse in Queensland, Australia, by Geoff Sims (www.beyondbeneath.com.au). this image was the 5th winner in the Beauty of the Night Sky category.

Tiny totality

A total solar eclipse casts an eerie pall over Queensland in Australia on Nov. 14, 2012. The image by Geoff Sims (http://www.beyondbeneath.com.au) won fifth place in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.

Geoff Sims
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Star trails over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge by Rick Whitacre (www.whitacrephotography.com). This image was the 5th winner in the Against the Lights category.

Spinning under the stars

Star trails sweep over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in a long-exposure photo by Rick Whitacre (www.whitacrephotography.com). This image was the fifth-place winner in the "Against the Lights" category.

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