The glowing arc of the Milky Way points to the great ruins of the Incan Empire, Machu Picchu, in this vivid night sky image. Thomas O'Brien took this photo in early July 2013 from the summit of Putucusi Mountain in Peru.
Galaxies near and far: Mike Taylor contributed this photo of two galaxies. Our local Milky Way galaxy extends through the middle of this image, accompanied by – better known as the Andromeda galaxy – the fuzzy, elongated light to center right.
Ancient Ruins by Michael Shainblum "Ancient Ruins" Mono lake is one of my favorite places to shoot the night sky. This image is a single exposure with some light painting to bring out the details in the Tufa formations.