Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011

From giant oval storms on the surface of Jupiter to colourful wispy remnants from a supernova explosion and the dazzling green curtain of the Northern Lights - nearly 800 images were submitted for the latest Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Take a look at some of the winning photos with two of the judges from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, public astronomer Marek Kukula and astronomy programmes manager Olivia Johnson.

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The judges' choice of the best images can be seen in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London, until February 2012.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Sky at Night Magazine. All images subject to copyright.

Music courtesy KPM Music. Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 9 September 2011.


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