The Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year Are Beautiful as Always

We run into a lot of astronomy photos around Giz, but the sheer beauty of space and its expanses never gets old. The Royal Observatory and Sky at Night Magazine have announced the winners of their best astronomy photograph contest, and we've collected a few of the best here for you.

For the full set, head over to the National Maritime Museum's site. [National Maritime Museum via National Geographic]

The Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year Are Beautiful as Always

Our Solar System/Overall Winner
Jupiter with lo and Ganymede, September 2010 by Damian Peach (UK)


The Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year Are Beautiful as AlwaysPeople and Space Winner
Stargazing by Jeffrey Sullivan (USA) 30 June 2011

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The Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year Are Beautiful as AlwaysPeople and Space Runner Up
Hunting Moon by Jean-Baptiste Feldmann (France) 6 April 2011
The Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year Are Beautiful as AlwaysEarth and Space Winner
Galactic Paradise by Tunç Tezel (Turkey) 11 July 2010
The Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year Are Beautiful as AlwaysDeep Space Winner
Vela Supernova Remnant by Marco Lorenzi (Italy) 5 February 2011