The competition "astrophotographer 2011" (Astronomy Photographer of the Year), in which the overall winner was an amateur astronomer Damian Peach (Damian Peach) from the UK. The competition was attended by more than one hundred photographers from around the world, images that participated in the contest was over 700, but that the British could get the top prize. For his victory Damien received $ 2,300 and now his picture is in the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
In this collection you will find photos of the winners and the best version of Fotoshtaba, but not included in the top. In the photo: Milky Way Galaxy. Winner in the category of "Earth and Space," a snapshot of Tunka Tezelya (Turkey), July 11, 2011.
Photo from "Our solar system", made by Peter Ward (Australia), May 7, 2011. You can see the chromosphere, a thin layer of the solar atmosphere, because the picture was taken through a special filter that transmits the emitted red light with hydrogen. The chromosphere consists of a gas heated to a temperature of 20,000 degrees Celsius. (Peter Ward)
Second place in the category of "Earth and Space" won the Norwegian Ole Salomonsen with the picture of Northern Lights over Lake Hillesou in Norway, March 11, 2011. Auroras are caused by the interaction of Earth's atmosphere and the flow of particles from the Sun known as solar wind. Earth's magnetic field pulls the particles toward the poles, and because of this we see the light colored fabric. (Ole C. Salomonsen)
Winner in the category of "Deep Space", Marco Lorenzi (Italy) with a photograph of the consequences of a supernova explosion - the death of stars, which occurred 10,000 years ago. (Marco Lorenzi)
Second place in the category of "Deep Space" took Edward Henry (USA) with a photograph of spiral galaxies Trio Lion, located at a distance of 35 million light-years, made April 4, 2011. These galaxies like our Milky Way, they have billions of stars and gas tails, where new stars are formed. (Edward Henry)
Picture of Michael Sidon (Australia) from "Deep Space" captures the nebula NGC 6188 and 6164. The clouds of purple, green and orange gas and dust similar to the two dragons. This form they gave birth to new stars, bigger and brighter our sun. One of those stars visible in the lower left side of the picture between the two clouds of gas. This picture shows the place where stars are formed. Our Sun probably formed under these conditions about 4.5 billion years ago. (Michael Sidonio)
Planetary nebula Shapley 1 in the picture of Steve Crouch (Australia) from "Deep Space". If you look at the planetary nebulae through small telescopes, they resemble similar planets in our solar system, but are in fact distant gas clouds formed during the death of stars. (Steve Crouch)
Second place in the category of "People and Space": the hunt for the Moon by Jean-Baptiste Feldman (France). The bright crescent moon - a part of the moon illuminated by the Sun, visible from Earth in the sky the evening of 6 April 2011. The rest of the lunar surface is also visible, although much less brightly illuminated by the light reflected from the Earth. To catch the moon would require a net length of 380,000 km. (Jean-Baptiste Feldmann)
Photos of the category "Best Newcomer". Grady Hurley (USA) took the zodiacal light in the starry sky above the abandoned barn in Comanche, Texas. Zodiacal light - a phenomenon noticeable only in a very dark sky, resulting from the reflection of sunlight from dust particles in the solar system. Capture it - a great achievement for a novice photographer. (Harley Grady)
Winner in the category of "automatic telescope." Snapshot Marco Lorenzi (Italy), where you can see three distant galaxies (including two elliptical NGC474 and NGC467) in the constellation Pisces. (Marco Lorenzi)
The winner of the "Our Solar System" and the overall winner - Damian Peach with a photo of Jupiter and two moons - Io and Ganymede, in September 2010. Jupiter shot with two out of 64 of its moons are visible on the surface of multicolored stripes and oval storms. It is also possible to consider the details of the satellites. Pictures of which made this collage were made in Barbados, where the purity of the atmosphere allows you to make astronomical photographs of high quality. (Damian Peach)
Then publish a few more interesting and exciting images of our cosmos. The stars are closer than you think!