23 August 2012 11:50 | By MSN News
Astronomy photographer of the year 2012

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has released some of the images shortlisted for the 2012 Astronomy photographer of the year competition



This photograph was taken in the Arches National Park, Utah, during the annual Perseid meteor shower (© Thomas O'Brien (USA))
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  • This photograph was taken in the Arches National Park, Utah, during the annual Perseid meteor shower (© Thomas O'Brien (USA))
  • A view from the Uludag National Park in Turkey. (© Tunç Tezel (Turkey))
  • The Aurora Borealis in all its glory over Høgtuva Mountain in Norway (© Tommy Eliassen (Norway))
  • A multi-image mosaic of the Moon (© David Campbell (UK))
  • A well-timed photograph sees a jet and its vapour trails showing the disc of the Sun. The photograph also shows a sunspot on the surface of the Sun (© Dunja Zupanic (Croatia))
  • This mosaic image reveals a huge swathe of the sky in the constellation of Cygnus (© J-P Metsävainio (Finland))
  • This picture shows the column of dust known as the 'Elephant's Trunk' in the constellation of Cepheus (© Bill Snyder (USA))
  • This is a self-portrait of the photographer (far right) with her friends at her caravan site in the Gower Peninsular, Wales (© Jessica Caterson, 15, (UK))
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Double Arch with a Perseid Meteor and the Milky Way
This photograph was taken in the Arches National Park, Utah, during the annual Perseid meteor shower. The photographer has used an artificial light source to illuminate and emphasise the dramatic rock formations.

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