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2012's award winning astronomy photos


Part of the Veil Nebula, The Witch's Broom (Photographed by Robert Franke) is glowing debris from a supernova explosion -- the violent death of a massive star
Part of the Veil Nebula, The Witch's Broom (Photographed by Robert Franke) is glowing debris from a supernova explosion -- the violent death of a massive star

Staff writers

September 20, 2012 — Take a look at the stunning photographs from this year's Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition.

The winner of 2012 Deep Space Photograph Winner is of M51 or the Whirlpool Galaxy (Photographed by Martin Pugh)
The winner of 2012 Deep Space Photograph Winner is of M51 or the Whirlpool Galaxy (Photographed by Martin Pugh)

Astronomer and judge Will Gater says this about the 2012 Deep Space Photograph winner: 

"This is arguably one of the finest images of M51 ever taken by an amateur astronomer. It’s not just the detail in the spiral arms of the galaxy that’s remarkable – look closely and you’ll see many, very distant, galaxies in the background too."




The Milky Way View (Photographed by Luc Perrot) was voted as High Commended in the Earth and Space category
The Milky Way View (Photographed by Luc Perrot) was voted as High Commended in the Earth and Space category

Photographer Luc Perrot says this about his photo taken on a small island off the coast of Madagascar: 

"‘Here is a picture of the Piton de l’Eau, an ancient crater filled with water. At the bottom of the picture you can see the Piton des Neiges, the highest peak of Réunion which is 3069 metres tall. I waited two years before all the combined conditions were favourable to succeed with this photo."

Pictures and quotes courtesy The Royal Museums Greenwich. For more photos and winners be sure to check out Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012.





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