The National Maritime Museum's Royal Observatory in Greenwich England has announced the 2011 winners of its Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, across categories from "Our Solar System" and "Deep Space" to "Best Newcomer" and "Young Astronomy Photographer." For the first time, this year the Observatory added a special category for photos taken with a robotic scope.
Click here to launch a gallery of the best of the winning photos.
From among the winners, we've put together a gallery of our favorites, including auroras, supernova remnant and beautiful views of the Milky Way. These photos almost make us ready to pack up and move out of the city so we can reacquaint ourselves with the stars. Almost.
Does anyone know where I could get high-def downloads of these pics? they would make a great desktop background.
I'VE PAINTED BETTER MURALS WITH MAH TESTEEZ! No seriously though, they're nice.
That's the center of our galaxy we're looking at. So amazing.
by William Shakespeare
Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck,
And yet methinks I have astronomy;
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons' quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain, and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well
By oft predict that I in heaven find.
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive
If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert:
Or else of thee this I prognosticate,
Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.
amazing, how can someone look at this and say it was created by evolution or a big explosions
Beautiful pic…..I got to see this for the first time a few weeks ago. My friend invited me to go 4x4ing up north with his Jeep club. 5 hrs away from Toronto, this place wasn’t even on google maps! Anyways, 2am we’re all around a fierce campfire, old, young, black, white, asian, engineers, business owners, factory workers, Atheists, and Christians…and when we looked up and saw the arm of the milky way it blew our minds. We don’t see stars like that in the city. We all agreed there are advanced civilizations up there. And that united us, in spite of all of our differences we shared one thing in common; we are stuck on this rock, when we all want to explore the vastness and beauty of space.
Wish I knew about this contest. It would be cool to see in person.
The first time I got a look into our galaxy with my own eyes was during a trip to West Texas over two years ago. It's a really beautiful thing to behold.
Lost4468 - I think its amazing anyone still believes god exists. I wish dead people could come back for a few minutes so I could tell you I told you so. Good luck anyways.
I love looking at the stars. I have my computer attach to a telescope and go star gazing on occasion. NICE!