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Amazing Space Photos: Royal Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

Our Solar System: Magnetic Maelstrom

Alan Friedman | The National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

The darkest patches or ‘umbrae’ in this image are each about the size of Earth, with the entire region of magnetic turmoil spanning the diameter of ten Earths. [Read the Full Story Here]

Our Solar System: Cosmic Alignment Comet Lemmon, GC 47 Tucanae, and the SMC

Ignacio Diaz Bobillo | The National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

At a glance, this image may seem like a post-processed montage of objects from three separate images. However the truth is that they were all captured together providing the viewer with an amazing view of the Solar System, galaxy and Universe. [Read the Full Story Here]

Our Solar System: Ring of Fire Sequence

Jia Hao | The National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

The Moon’s orbit about the Earth is not perfectly circular, so that at different times the Moon can be slightly closer or further away than usual. This composite shot shows the progress of an annular eclipse in May 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]

Our Solar System: Saturn at Opposition System

Damian Peach | The National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

This incredibly sharp portrait brilliantly captures the jewel of our solar system, revealing the subtle banding around the orb that results from the planet’s weather. [Read the Full Story Here]

Young Astronomy Photographer: The Milky Way Galaxy

Jacob Marchio | The National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

This young astrophotographer has focused on one of the most spectacular vistas looking towards the very centre of the galaxy, capturing the glow of tens of billions of stars painting streaks of light across the sky. [Read the Full Story Here]

Young Astronomy Photographer: The Waxing Crescent Moon

Jacob Marchio | The National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

The Moon seems to be emerging from the interplanetary darkness, and the young photographer has captured the contrast been the dark lava-filled lunar ‘seas’ and the mountainous southern highlands. [Read the Full Story Here]

Young Astronomy Photographer: The Windows District

Eric Dewar | The National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

By keeping the camera shutter open this young photographer gathers precious light, making the desert scenery seem as bright as day. [Read the Full Story Here]

Young Astronomy Photographer: Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon

Ariana Bernal | The National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

The awesome scale presented in this image depicts what as far as we’re concerned, are the three most significant objects in the Universe. [Read the Full Story Here]

Young Astronomy Photographer: The Great Nebula

Samuel Copley | The National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

The Great Nebula, also referred to as The Orion Nebula and M42 is found in the well-known constellation of Orion, just below the hunter’s belt. [Read the Full Story Here]

People And Space: Hi. Hello

Ben Canales | The National Maritime Museum | Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

Appearing like a column of smoke rising from the horizon, a dark lane of dust marks the plane of the Milky Way in this photograph. [Read the Full Story Here]

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