The Royal Observatory Greenwich presents the winning images of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012. This free exhibition showcases some incredible images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. Deep Space category winner, and overall winner: M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy by Martin Pugh (Australia).
With your telescope, a little south from the handle of the Big Dipper, you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier catalog, the Whirlpool Galaxy. Image Credit: Marco Burali, Tiziano Capecchi, Marco Mancini (Osservatorio MTM)
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Explorer, or WISE, the mission team has put together this image showing just a sample of the millions of galaxies that have been imaged by WISE during its survey of the entire sky.