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    The World at Night 2013

    The winners of the 2013 "Earth and Sky" photo contest show off the beauties of the night sky and demonstrate the effects of light pollution.

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    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 / TWAN 2013
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    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 Bockle / TWAN 2013
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    "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 / TWAN 2013
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    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 / TWAN 2013
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    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 / TWAN 2013
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    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 / TWAN 2013
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    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 / TWAN 2013
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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 (http://www.zgrethphoto.com) was the fourth-place winner in the "Against the Lights" category.
    Zach Grether / TWAN 2013
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    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 / TWAN 2013
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    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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    Rick Whitacre / TWAN 2013