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Photography competition reveals amazing space pics

A photography comeptition has revealed some amazing snaps of space
How incredible is this? It's one of a number of amazing photos entered in the 'Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2011' competition. This is the M31 Andromeda Galaxy, which is about 2.5 million light years away...which, as far as we understand, is a very long way away!
An entry in the 'Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2011'
What do you think this is? Unbelievably is a spacecraft - it was captured after it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere in 2010. It had just come back from landing on an asteroid, and it's glowing from the heat of re-entry. It's travelling from the left to the right of this snap.
An entry in the 'Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2011'
Meteors are really tricky to catch on camera - but not for this photographer, who's caught one as it flies through the sky over Somerset. It's part of the Perseid meteor shower, which happens once a year, and was snapped above Glastonbury Tor.
An entry in the 'Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2011'
This is the Orion Nebula, which is formed when a star explodes. The pink clouds you can see are hydrogen gas and the dark bits are interstellar dust. But most of all - we think it's really really pretty!
An entry in the 'Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2011'
Without getting too technical, the lines in the sky here show the sun as it moves across the sky over a day. It was taken in Ecuador in South America, on the day the sun moves along the line of the Equator.
An entry in the 'Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2011'
Here is the famous Aurora Borealis (or The Northern Lights to me and you), and they were captured from the Scottish Highlands. It might look magical, but it was taken out the back door of a local shop!
An entry in the 'Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2011'