Entries in the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest feature images of the transit of Venus, the Whirlpool Galaxy and other cosmic wonders. Photos by winners and runners-up will be on display at the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Center in London until Feb. 5.
Earth and space: Winner Taken in Nagano, Japan, this image shows Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades as the backdrop to an eerie frozen landscape. Although the stars appear to gleam with a cold, frosty light, bright blue stars such as the Pleiades can be as hot as 30,000 degrees Celsius. Photographer: Masahiro Miyasaka (Japan)/The Royal Museums Greenwich Buy Photo