24 Awe-Inspiring Photos Of Earth And Space

These are the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 competition. They will take your breath away.

1. The Milky Way illuminated by a lighthouse.

Mark Gee courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Winner, Earth and Space category, and Overall Winner.

2. The aurora borealis twisted into a giant vortex above Grøtfjord in Norway.

Fredrik Broms courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Runner Up, Earth and Space category.

3. A quadruple halo around the Moon caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere, near Madrid, Spain.

Dani Caxete courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly Commended, Earth and Space category.

4. Comet Panstarrs seen from Norway.

Fredrik Broms courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly Commended, Earth and Space category.

5. Perseid meteor shower seen from Snowy Range in Wyoming.

David Kingham courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly commended, Earth and Space category.

6. The solar corona.

Man-To Hui courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Winner, Our Solar System category.

7. Sunspots with dark patches about the size of Earth.

Alan Friedman courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Runner Up, Our Solar System category.

8. The moon passing in front of the Sun in an annular eclipse.

Jia Hao courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly Commended, Our Solar System category.

9. Saturn at opposition.

Damian Peach courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly Commended, Our Solar System category.

10. Comet Lemmon, a globular cluster and the Small Magellanic Cloud, captured together in one photograph.

Ignacio Diaz Bobillo courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly Commended, Our Solar System category.

11. Figures silhouetted against a rising Moon.

Mark Gee courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Winner, People and Space category.

12. The Milky Way seen from a snow-filled crater on the South Sister volcano in Oregon.

Ben Canales courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Runner Up, People and Space category.

13. A star forming nebula 450 light years away.

Adam Block courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Winner, Deep Space category.

14. The Trapezium Cluster of young stars at the heart of the Orion Nebula.

László Francsics courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Winner, Robotic Scope category.

15. Rho Ophiuchi dark nebula and Antares Nebulae.

Tom O’Donoghue courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Runner Up, Deep Space category.

16. Starburst galaxy NGC 253.

Michael Sidonio courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly commended, Deep Space category.

17. Galaxies M81 and M82, 12 million light years from Earth.

Ivan Eder courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly commended, Deep Space category.

18. Globular cluster Omega Centauri, containing millions of stars.

Ignacio Diaz Bobillo courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly Commended, Deep Space category.

19. The final moments of the Transit of Venus in 2012.

Sam Cornwell courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Winner, the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer.

20. The Milky Way.

Jacob Marchio courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Winner, Young Astronomy Photographer category.

21. Sun, Moon and Earth, alongside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Ariana Bernal

Runner Up, Young Astronomy Photographer category.

22. The Orion Nebula.

Samuel Copley courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly Commended, Young Astronomy Photographer category.

23. The Windows district in Arches National Park, Utah, at night.

Eric Dewar courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly Commended, Young Astronomy Photographer category.

24. Waxing crescent Moon.

Jacob Marchio courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highly Commended, Young Astronomy Photographer category.

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