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Best Photos of "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013"

The results of the competition for the best photography in the field of astronomy “Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013.” Let’s take a look at the winners and their images of deep sky.

Nomination “Our Solar System”

2nd place. Each of these dark spots on the sun on the size of our Earth. (Photo by Alan Friedman):

Each of these dark spots on the sun on the size of our Earth

Winner. solar corona. (Photo by Man-To Hui):


Nomination “deep space”

Expectant. Galaxies M81 and M82 in the constellation Ursa Major. (Photo by Ivan Ede):

Galaxies M81 and M82 in the constellation Ursa Major

Expectant. barred spiral galaxy (type SBc) NGC 253 in the constellation Sculptor. Located about 8 million light-years from Earth. In 1999, the space telescope “Chandra” found in X-rays unusual concentration of X-ray sources near the center of NGC 253. Four of these sources, tens of thousands of times more massive than the Sun, is 3 thousand light-years from the galactic core. These black holes are displaced by gravity to the center of the galaxy, in the future, can come together in a single supermassive black hole. (Photo by Michael Sidoni):

Barred spiral galaxy (type SBc) NGC 253 in the constellation Sculptor

Expectant. globular cluster Omega Centauri. It is located at a distance of 18,300 light-years from us. (Photo by Ignacio Diaz Bobillo):

Globular Cluster Omega Centauri

2nd place. colored cloud Rho Ophiuchi – a binary star in the constellation Ophiuchus. The red supergiant Antares – one of the brightest stars in the night sky – lights yellow-red clouds in the upper left corner of the image. Rho Ophiuchi is located in the center of the blue nebula on the right. The distant globular cluster M4 visible just below Antares. (Photo by Tom O’Donoghu):

Colorful Rho Ophiuchi cloud - a binary star in the constellation Ophiuchus

Winner. These structures appear to be eternal and immutable in human terms, but their life is fleeting across the universe. Just a few thousand years the hard radiation from stars in this nebula, change the appearance of the structure beyond recognition. (Photo by Adam Block):

Celestial Impasto: Sh2-239

Nominated “Young Astronomer photographer”

Expectant. Luna. (Photo by Jacob Marchio):


2nd place. Goodbye sun, hello moon. (Photo by Ariana Bernal):

Goodbye sun, hello moon

Winner. Milky Way. The galaxy, which contains the Earth, the solar system and all of the individual stars visible to the naked eye. Refers to a barred spiral galaxies. The diameter of the galaxy is about 30,000 parsecs (about 100,000 light-years, 1 quintillion kilometers) at an estimated average thickness of about 1000 light years. The galaxy contains, at the lowest estimate, about 200 billion stars. (Photo by Jacob Marchio):

Milky Way Galaxy

Nomination “People and Space”

2nd place. Man and the Milky Way. (Photo by Ben Canale):

Man and the Milky Way

Winner. silhouettes against a rising moon. (Photo by Mark Gee):

Silhouettes on the background of the rising moon

Nominated “Best Newcomer”

Winner. Transit of Venus across the disk of the sun. (Photo by Sam Cornwell):

The transit of Venus across the disk of the Sun

Nomination “robotic telescope”

Winner. Open Cluster Orion Trapezium. (Photo by Laszlo Francsics):

Open Cluster Orion Trapezium

Nomination “Earth and Space”

Expectant. Perseid meteor shower, which appears annually in August from the constellation Perseus. Formed as a result of the passage of the Earth through the plume of dust particles released comet Swift-Tuttle. The smallest particles, the size of a grain of sand, burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere, forming a star rain. (Photo by David Kingham):

Perseid meteor shower

Expectant. Quadruple lunar halo over Spain. Sometimes the falling ice crystals in the atmosphere make a huge lens and around the sun or moon can be seen the rainbow and rainbow-colored halo. The brightest object in the sky in the upper part of the picture – it’s the moon. Moon Light is refracted by falling hexagonal ice crystals to form around the moon round 22-degree halo. (Photo by Dani Caxete):

Quadruple lunar halo over Spain

2nd place. green energy. Northern Lights in Norway. (Photo by Fredrik Broms):

Green Energy

1st place and overall winner of the contest photos in astronomy “Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013.” Guiding Light to the stars. (Photo Mark Gee):

Guiding Light to the stars

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