Space has intrigued us since the dawn of time, when the world’s earliest civilizations conjured up myths and fables to explain the sun, moon and stars. While our knowledge of space has grown drastically over the years, there is still much that we will never know.
Images from the Astronomy Photography Awards don’t explain wormholes or supernovae, but they do capture some of the most wondrous images of our massive solar system. Keep scrolling to check out this year’s winners, along with our favorite submissions.
Run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Astronomy Photography Awards are a unique photo contest featuring stunning views of solar features, aurorae, star trails and eclipses. There are four major photo categories: Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year (featuring a photographer who is under the age of 16). The Observatory also names an overall winner, who wins the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014, along with a prize of £1500 (about $2,500 in US dollars).