The sky is falling "Snowy Range Perseid Meteor Shower" by David Kingham of the U. was "highly commended" in the Earth and Space category. Kingham combines 23 individual stills to convey the excitement and dynamism of August's Perseid meteor shower.
Atlas V Arc of Light: Rocket launched with twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes sent to explore the Van Allen Belts that surround Earth. Astrophotographer Mike Killian took this photo from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Aug.
What thrilled me the most was the fact that millions of meteors burn up every day as they enter our atmosphere. As a result, earth receives 10 tons of dust from outer space. Not only do we take in the world with each breath, we are inhaling the universe.