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Venus – Lunar Occultation by O Chul Kwon, South Korea. Highly Commended in "Earth & Space". This sequence of photos shows the rising Moon covering Venus. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

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Horsehead Nebula by Bill Snyder, USA. Winner "Deep Space" in 2014. He used four different filters and a total exposure time of almost thirteen hours to get the image. In addition to the horsehead itself, we see the gas and dust at its base and the glow created by a bright star. One of the judges commented that "The detail beneath 
the horse’s head is astounding." Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art184169.asp

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Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon, by James Woodend, UK (2014). Overall winner and winner of "Earth & Space" In the background is the Vatnajökull Glacier. The pale-green glow of the aurora comes from oxygen atoms high in the atmosphere, energized by subatomic particles blasted out by the Sun. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art184169.asp

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"Green Energy" by Fredrik Broms. Runner-up in the "Earth and Space" category. A very dramatic aurora photograph which looks like a whirlpool in the sky. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art181754.asp

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Hybrid Solar Eclipse 2, by Eugen Kamenew, Germany. People & Space winner. The eclipse began as an annular eclipse at sunrise, but it became total as it crossed the Atlantic. By the time it reached Kenya the Sun was just emerging, creating the dramatic silhouette of the figure on the hill. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art184169.asp

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from the Guardian

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014: the shortlist - in pictures

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 shortlist: Eclipse and Old Faithful by Robert Howell (USA). I loved it, but it didn't make the final cut. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art184169.asp

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The Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) by Shishir and Shashank Dholakia (USA), aged 15. Winner "Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year". It shows the dark nebula (Barnard 33), the surrounding red emission nebula (IC 434) & the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024). Will Gater: ‘The star colours are beautifully controlled in this image.’ Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art184169.asp

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"Moon Silhouettes" by Mark Gee. Winner of the "People in Space" category. In order to get the Moon looking so large compared to the people, Gee took this picture from over 2 km away. The golden color is typical of a Moon low on the horizon. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art181754.asp

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Ripples in a Pond by Alexandra Hart, UK. (2014 Winner "Our Solar System") She thought that he "active region on the Sun resembled the imprint created when stones hit the surface of a pond." But this is a violent region several times the size of the Earth, and it's subject to intense forces. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art184169.asp

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Floating Metropolis - NGC 253. (Image: Michael Sidonio, Highly Commended) This galaxy was discovered in 1783 by Caroline Herschel and is also known as the Silver Dollar Galaxy.

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