Best Astronomy Pictures Of The Year Are Beautiful As Always

We run into a lot of astronomy photos around Giz, but the sheer beauty of space and its expanses never gets old. The Royal Observatory and Sky at Night Magazine have announced the winners of their best astronomy photograph contest, and we've collected a few of the best here for you.

For the full set, head over to the National Maritime Museum's site. [National Maritime Museum via National Geographic]

Our Solar System/Overall Winner

Jupiter with lo and Ganymede, September 2010 by Damian Peach (UK)

People and Space Winner

Stargazing by Jeffrey Sullivan (USA) 30 June 2011

People and Space Runner Up

Hunting Moon by Jean-Baptiste Feldmann (France) 6 April 2011

Earth and Space Winner

Galactic Paradise by Tunç Tezel (Turkey) 11 July 2010

Deep Space Winner

Vela Supernova Remnant by Marco Lorenzi (Italy) 5 February 2011