The Astro Photographers of the Year

Simeis 147 Supernova Remnant

These are some of the stunning photos of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. The project is now in its fourth year and has again received a record number of entries with a huge range of subjects captured by amateur and professional photographers from around the globe.

M51_The Whirlpool Galaxy  Venus-Jupiter close conjunction
Transit of Venus 2012 in Ha

If you are also fascinated by planets, stars, moons, galaxies, the transit of Venus, and other amazing celestial bodies, you can enjoy the best of these exceptional photographs in the free exhibition of the finalists at the Royal Observatory‘s Astronomy Centre in Greenwich until February 2013.

Star icefall

Photos from DeepSkyColors, mpastro2001, Laurent Laveder, (ix)alon, masahiro miyasaka from the Astrophoto Group pool.

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