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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

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Highly Commended in the 'Deep Space' category. 'Omega Centauri' by Ignacio Diaz Bobillo, Argentina. Omega Centauri is a globular cluster, a spherical cloud containing several million stars. As this image shows, the stars are more densely clustered towards the centre. The pronounced red colour of several of the stars gives away the cluster’s great age: it is thought to have been formed billions of years ago. The cluster was first noted by the astronomer Ptolemy almost 2000 years ago and catalogued by Astronomer Royal Edmond Halley in 1677. (Ignacio Diaz Bobillo/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013)

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A beautiful shot of the Milky Way has won the prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. Now in its fifth year, the competition received a record number of entries - more than 1200 from 49 countries. All of the category winners, runners-up and commended images will be exhibited at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, until 23 February 2014.

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