Guardian of Forever © Steven Christenson

This is a collection from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition organized by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. They received over 1,200 entries from professional and amateur photographers across the world.      Guardian of Forever © Steven Christenson

The winner of the competition will be announced on 18 September.

You can see all the pictures at Fickr



Hong Kong Moon Age 3.19days 83fpss © daniel Chang

Hong Kong Moon Age 3.19days 83fpss © daniel Chang

Comet Panstarrs © Patrick Cullis

Comet Panstarrs © Patrick Cullis

The natural rock archway of Durdle Door, frames the distant band of our Milky Way in this shot by Stephen Banks

The natural rock archway of Durdle Door, frames the distant band of our Milky Way in this shot © Stephen Banks

IC 1848 Soul Nebula narrowband © Remidone

IC 1848 Soul Nebula narrowband © Remidone

Summer night  Cape Cod National Seashore © L.F.Lee

Summer night Cape Cod National Seashore © L.F.Lee

Green World from the 2012 exhibition © Arild Heitmann

Green World from the 2012 exhibition © Arild Heitmann

SanRoque Luna © danicaxete

SanRoque Luna © danicaxete

The birth of new stars is a complex process © Andre van der Hoeven

The birth of new stars is a complex process © Andre van der Hoeven

Self portrait Star Trails © ollietat

Self portrait Star Trails © ollietat

Vuelo 2250, desde Barajas Madrid © Francisco J Pobes

Vuelo 2250, desde Barajas Madrid © Francisco J Pobes

The milky way and me © Ellie Yuan

The milky way and me © Ellie Yuan

Shuangqiao valley Startrail © Jeff Dai

Shuangqiao valley Startrail © Jeff Dai

Dawn I - July 5, 2013 © Joseph Brimacombe

Dawn I – July 5, 2013 © Joseph Brimacombe

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