Best photos of astronomy 2013

Royal Greenwich Observatory has announced the list of winners in the annual photography contest.

Each year, the main UK astronomy organization is holding a contest among fans to shoot the night sky, and selects the best shots. Experts estimate not only the overall composition of pictures, but the ability to grasp the details in the space. For example, a photographer Tommy Elissa was able to capture the falling meteorite that burned up in Earth’s atmosphere in just a couple of seconds.

photovide.com offers you evaluate the best pictures on which depicts the beauty and vast expanses of sky.

Our galaxy


Huge Parkes radio telescope is highlighted against the background of our galaxy. Wayne England

Milky Way


View of the stars in the famous national park California – Yosemite. Rogelio Andreo



Comet PANSTARRS – non-periodic comet near-Sun. In March 2013 it can be seen with the naked eye. Ingolfur Byargmundsson

Heavenly Arch


Starry sky in Derdl-dor. This is a natural limestone gateway to the Jurassic Coast near West Lulworth in Dorset, England. Steven Banks

Northern lights


Radiance of the sky as if repeating features of coastline. Mike Curry



Eta Carinae – hypergiants-star in the constellation Carina, one of the biggest stars and unstable. Mass Eta Carinae is 100-150 solar masses, which is close to the theoretical limit, bolometric luminosity – the Sun is about 5,000,000. Michael Sidonio



Herbig-Haro objects – these are small areas of the nebulae associated with young stars. They are formed when gas ejected by these stars, interacts with the surrounding clouds of dust. Andre van der Gauvin

At the edge of the crater


Northern Lights and photographers at the edge of the crater. James Woodend

Full Moon over the Alps


The sun rises in the east, illuminating the snow-covered alpine horizon. Its rays pass through the entire thickness of the air and dispersed in it, leaving just a small glimpse at the background of the full moon. Stefano De Rosa

The Orion Nebula


“Great Nebula of Orion,” along with “Andromeda”, the Pleiades and the “Magellanic Clouds” is one of the most famous deep-sky objects. Nick Zhimanik

The merciless sun


Huge flares, which are not visible to the naked eye, pulled out of the solar interior. Paul Hayes

Starlight night


Lonely tree against a dozen constellations in the south-west of England. Anna Volls Heyman

Night photos


The falling meteorite burns in the Earth atmosphere. Tommy Elissa

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