Every year the Royal Observatory in Greenwich holds a competition for the Astronomy Photographer of the year. Using everything from iPhones to infrared cameras and telescopes, professional and amateur photographers compete to see who can produce "the most beautiful and spectacular images of space and the cosmos".
You can find all of the winners from the 2018 contest here, but in the meantime, have a look at some of our favourites:
Transport the Soul - © Brad Goldpaint
Cave Man - © Brandon Yoshizawa
Sun King, little King, and God of War - © Nicolas Lefaudeux
Inverted colors of the boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquilitatis - © Jordi Delpeix Borrell
Corona Australis Dust Complex - © Mario Cogo
Focus on the Iris - © Patrick Gilliland
Earthshine - © Peter Ward
Coloured Eruptive Prominence - © Stuart Green
These images are available to see in person at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England until May, 2019. Alongside will be winning images from the past nine years of the competition.
Photo Credits: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Which image is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!
Endlessly curious about space? Read our roundup of the greatest things humans have created for space exploration here.
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