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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Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - My Modern Met. Deep Space: Winner The Horsehead Nebula (IC by Bill Snyder (USA)

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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Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC's Sky at Night magazine astronomy photo of the year James Woodend of the UK submitted a photo of a green aurora pictured in Iceland's Vatnajökull National Park reflected in Jökulsörlön Glacier lagoon.

"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

Place: Runner-up. The shifting lights of the Aurora Borealis can take on many shapes and forms as they are moulded by the Earth’s complex magnetic field. Sheets and planes of glowing gas appear to be twisted into a giant vortex above Grøtfjord in Norway.

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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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Winners (Amazing Photos) A rare hybrid solar eclipse took place in November in which the moon appears silhouetted against the sun's disk, not completely covering it.

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

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

Eclipse and Old Faithful by Robert Howell, USA. Visitors witness the Old Faithful geyser i.

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

The sun's boiling surface curves away beneath us in this evocative shot that conveys the scale and violence of our star.

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.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 Award Winners: Highly Commended (Deep Space): Floating Metropolis – NGC 253 by Michael Sidonio (Australia)

"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

“Winner” of the “People and Space” category in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition, this space wallpaper is a deceptively simple shot of figures silhouetted against a rising Moon.

Sun halo photographed by Sarah Gilligan (UK), aged 11. When you can only see arcs of the sun halo either side of the Sun, they're commonly called sun dogs. Sarah used the sign to block the direct sunlight as she took the picture. Appropriately, it says ‘No Dogs’. Sarah was Runner up in the 2009 competition.

Sun halo photographed by Sarah Gilligan (UK), aged 11. When you can only see arcs of the sun halo either side of the Sun, they're commonly called sun dogs. Sarah used the sign to block the direct sunlight as she took the picture. Appropriately, it says ‘No Dogs’. Sarah was Runner up in the 2009 competition.

"Celestial Impasto: Sh2–239" by Adam Block (USA). A dusty star-forming region in Taurus. The pink filaments show where emission from hot young stars excites hydrogen gas. And it really could be an expressionist painting. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art181754.asp

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 Award Winners: Winner (Deep Space): Celestial Impasto: - 239 by Adam Block (USA)

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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Venus-Lunar Occultation by O Chul Kwon (South Korea) – highly commended In O Chul Kwon succeeded in his goal of photographing a Venus-Lunar Occultation with this stunning time-lapse image over Mount Hambaek in South Korea;

Shishir and Shashank: being two people. The twins talk about themselves and their interest in astronomy. Their photo of the Horsehead Nebula was the Winner of the Young Astronomy Photographer in 2014. Another of their images was Highly Commended. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art184169.asp

2014 has been another fantastic year for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, with more entries than ever before being submitted from all around the…

Cave With Aurora Skylight by Ingólfur Bjargmundsson (Iceland). This image was taken in a lava cave in Iceland. In some areas the roof has caved in, so snow piles up in the winter time to create the snow peaks. The aurora at its peak gleams through the roof of the cave. (Sadly, not a winner.) Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art184169.asp

Astronomy Photographer of the Year Cave With Aurora Skylight by Ingólfur Bjargmundsson (Iceland)

Guiding LIght to the Stars. (Image: Mark Gee) Winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. Taken at Cape Palliser, NZ, on the right, a lighthouse. In the center, the Milky Way arching over the sky. To the left, the two nebulous figures are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds - satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art181754.asp

Winner of the Earth & Space category and the overall winner of Astronomy Photographer of the Year the Milky Way from Cape Palliser, Wairarapa, New Zealand. Photo: Mark Gee/Guiding Light to the Stars

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