Our cosmos is freaking wonderful. And a few talented and patient photographers have managed to capture all of its glory. It’s time to celebrate them, by ogling some of their most brilliant photos.
Check out this totally breathtaking image of Jupiter and two of its moons, Io and Ganymede — it's not just an astounding image, it's also officially the coolest astronomy photo of 2011, according to the Royal Observatory's annual contest.
Check out this incredible picture of the Great Orion Nebula. It's not from the Hubble Space Telescope. It's the work of amateur astrophotographer Marcus Davies, and it just one of the finalists for this year's Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
Martin Pugh's striking image of the Horsehead Nebula took home the grand prize in the 2009 Royal Observatory Greenwich's Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Check out more winners of space porn's top honors.