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Winner of the 'Our Solar System' category. 'Corona Composite of 2012: Australian Totality' by Man-To Hui, China. This image is a demonstration of both precision timing and rigorous post-processing. It gives the viewer a window onto the elusive outer atmosphere of the Sun – the corona. A natural dimming of the Sun’s blinding brightness, courtesy of the Moon, reveals the ghostly glow of gas that has a temperature of one million degrees Celsius. For centuries total solar eclipses were the only way to study this hidden treasure of the Sun. By photographing this event, the breathtaking experience of viewing a total solar eclipse is captured indefinitely. (Man-To Hui/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013)

Winner of the 'Our Solar System' category. 'Corona Composite of 2012: Australian Totality' by Man-To Hui, China. This image is a demonstration of both precision timing and rigorous post-processing. It gives the viewer a window onto the elusive outer atmosphere of the Sun – the corona. A natural dimming of the Sun’s blinding brightness, courtesy of the Moon, reveals the ghostly glow of gas that has a temperature of one million degrees Celsius. For centuries total solar eclipses were the only way to study this hidden treasure of the Sun. By photographing this event, the breathtaking experience of viewing a total solar eclipse is captured indefinitely. (Man-To Hui/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013)

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

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.