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.
|A Fully Functional DSLR Camera Halloween Costume|
|nyc by bike: Tom Olesnevich Photographs New York City With His Bike|
|Mimi Zou's Eye-Controlled Camera|
|Superheadz's Super Tiny 2 Megapixel Clap Camera on a USB Stick|
|“Systemd is, to put it mildly, controversial.”|
|“The Reality of Building Fantasy.”|
|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|iPhone 6, the First Smartphone to Disrupt NSA's Spying|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“If you’re dating, you’re going to be let down. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.”|
|“The Amazon Dash button for horny men and women who don’t feel comfortable telling their partner they’d like to have sex.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Testing Whether the Earth is Round or Flat|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|“A sophisticated global marketing strategy from an industry that is desperate to attract new smokers.”|