Team iReport heard that Light Years is celebrating its first birthday this week, so we wanted to take a minute to look back at what's been an amazing year for celestial events.
Sky and space enthusiasts shared some incredible photos on iReport and Light Years, from the northern lights and the super moon to a rare solar eclipse and a space shuttle's final flight.
Scroll through the gallery above to see a few of the highlights.
And for a special birthday treat, iReporter Hans-Dieter Fleger of Atraa, Norway compiled this beautiful time-lapse video comprising some 1,000 images of the northern lights in September 2011 and April 2012.
The next time the sky puts on a show, share your photos with iReport! They could be featured on CNN.
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July 19thAtlas V launch of US DOD MUOS-2 satellite, notable for large "551" config of Atlas
Aug 3rdJapanese HTV-4 flight to ISS on cargo supply mission
Aug 14thSpaceX launch of Canadian satellite in the first launch from their new Vandenberg facility, and first launch of upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle
Aug 28thDelta IV Heavy launch of NROL-65 spy satellite
SeptemberSoyuz TMA-08M flight returning Expedition 36 crew from ISS to Earth (Kazakhstan)
Sept 12thOrbital Sciences maiden flight of Cygnus cargo vehicle on Antares rocket to ISS
Sept 25thSoyuz TMA-10M flight launching Expedition 38 crew to ISS
Dec 9thSpaceX Dragon launch by Falcon 9 v1.1 on CRS-3 cargo supply mission to ISS
recurringfirst powered test flights of Scaled Composites' SpaceShipTwo commercial vehicle, to be used by Virgin Galactic for sub-orbital tourism