Winning Shots of the 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners for this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Sorting through thousands of worthy pictures, the observatory has crowned UK-based photographer James Woodend with the prestigious honor of Overall Winner for his photograph of the green aurora engulfing a glacier lagoon and reflected in the still water (first photo above). Other winners include numerous eye-catching shots of eclipses, nebulae, the surface of the sun, and coastal stairways. Enjoy the winning visuals above.

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