Looking into the night sky is amazing, whenever and wherever you do it. These amazing pictures are a selection from the Royal Observatory Best Astronomy Photos of the Year awards 2012. Everyone is stunning.
The competition is in its fourth year and growing, with a record 800 entrants submitting their cosmic photography. Winners were announced on Sept. 19 in four main categories — Deep Space, Our Solar System, Earth and Space, and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year — and three special awards were also handed out.
This event has to continue every year!