Beauties of the Night Sky | The Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy. NBC

The picture conveys the scale and violence of our home star.

The picture conveys the scale and violence of our home star.

The brilliant point of light is Venus. The lake is the lowest natural point in Australia

The brilliant point of light is Venus. The lake is the lowest natural point in Australia

The Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases incredible views of the night sky and its celestial wonders

Alexandra Hart of the U.K. was the winner in “Our Solar System” category for this photo of the sun’s boiling surface.

Titled “Ripples in a Pond,” the picture conveys the scale and violence of our home star. The region of solar activity on the left could engulf the Earth several times over, with room to spare. The sun’s outer layers behave as a fluid and are constantly twisted and warped by intense magnetic forces.

Julie Fletcher of Australia was the runner-up in the “People and Space” category for this image of the night sky over Lake Eyre, which she titled “Lost Souls.” The brilliant point of light is Venus. The lake is the lowest natural point in Australia.

via NBC News

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