The Royal Observatory's Best Astronomy Photos


Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Adam Mann of Wired has put together this incredible gallery of astronomy photos picked by the Royal Observatory, with some of the images including "colliding galaxies, open star clusters, and frozen waterfalls beneath a twinkling night sky."

The competition is in its fourth year and growing, with a record 800 entrants submitting their cosmic photography. Winners were announced on Sept. 19 in four main categories -- Deep Space, Our Solar System, Earth and Space, and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year -- and three special awards were also handed out.

The overall number one prize and top spot for the Deep Space category went to Martin Pugh for his amazing shot (above) of the Whirlpool Galaxy, which shows two galaxies colliding. Pugh also won in 2009 for his picture of the Horsehead nebula.


You may also be interested in:

The Top 15 Skylines in the World
Christopher Michel's U-2 Photos From the Edge of Space
Where E-Waste Goes to Die
Photos of New York Up to 1980
Secretly Climbing the Pyramids of Giza, Taking Remarkable Photos of the Vista from Up There