Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

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Winner of the 'Deep Space' category. 'Celestial Impasto: Sh2 - 239' by Adam Block, USA. Structures like this often seem unchanging and timeless on the scale of a human lifetime.  However, they are fleeting and transient on astronomical timescales. Over just a few thousand years the fierce radiation from the stars in this nebula will erode the surrounding clouds of dust and gas, radically altering its appearance. (Adam Block/ 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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