Snapshots of the Heavens: Amazing Astronomy Photos

The Royal Observatory has culled through over 800 entries from astronomers and astro-photographers around the world to release its compilation of the best astronomy photos so far this year. Astronomy Photographer of the Year is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Sky at Night Magazine. This year's competition drew a record number of entries with a wide array of subjects captured by amateur and professional photographers from around the globe.

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The Royal Observatory has culled through over 800 entries from astronomers and astro-photographers around the world to release its compilation of the best astronomy photos of the year. The contest is run by Royal Observatory Greenwich and Sky at Night Magazine.

Should you have plans to be in London, an exhibition featuring the work is on display at the Royal Observatory Greenwich Planetarium throughout October 2012 in “The Universe Exposed: photographing the cosmos.”

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quovadisamicus
quovadisamicus

We need to strengthen our spiritual beliefs, be a world shared religion or the very most personal religion. Ultimately each one of us pays respect and gives "Thanks" to the Creator for this one gift, the greatest of gifts that we call "Life".  

In the eyes of the Creator

There are no divisions in this world 

 No geographical or time lines 

 We are only divided by our languages and our cultures

 Each one of us is trusted to live in a patch of earth

For one brief second in our very brief span of our life time

 To enjoy and be the care takers 

 Of all this magnificent nature and most alive garden 

 We call earth.  

In the Creators Eye

It is our duty to look for Peace 

To live in Peace with each other

To share and help each other

For this earth 

There is no other. 

"EL JADIN DEL CREADOR"

El Creador ama todas las cosas diferentes

Ojos negros, azules y verdes

Para ver el arco iris

Las flores de colores

Aves, insectos, peces

Pintados como joyas vivientes.

El creador tiene un jardín

Lleno de nuestras oraciones diversas

En multitud de idiomas y sonidos

Allí encuentra su arco iris

Sus flores, insectos, aves

Encontrar en cada verso

Oración favorita de colores sin fin.

Валерій Харченко
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Plumbline
Plumbline

Oh the beauty of God..........

.........Psalm 19:1......... The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Mattie
Mattie

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Mattie

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LindaLuttrell
LindaLuttrell

Beautiful amp; other-worldly at the same time!

Sk8eycat
Sk8eycat

Do you know what "firmament" means?  The ignorant primitives who decided the sky was a "firmament" thought it was a solid lid with tiny lights (the planets and stars).  Why didn't their all-knowing god tell them how vast the solarsystem, not to mention the universe really is?

Hester Ferrezuelo
Hester Ferrezuelo

 My dear friend.  Do yourself the favour and read Psalm 19.  But I thought I will help you nonetheless  : Firmament from the Hebrew : raw-kee'-ah  -  properly an expanse, that is, the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky: - firmament.

Don't be so silly.  Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.  You know that is what is remarkable, is that our all knowing God still chose to come down to earth, which is but a little speck in the vastness of our universe, to come and die here for you, so that you can have life eternal.  Even if you were the only soul on this wretched planet, He still would have done that for you. 

Plumbline
Plumbline

There is no one so blind, as those who want to be.......