Milky way shines over glowing towns in Turkey

Photo: Tunç Tezel

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 competition

The Milky Way stretches across the sky above pockets of hazy lights emanating from towns and villages near the mountains of Turkey's Uludag National Park.


Shot by photographer Tunç Tezel, the image was selected as a finalist for this year's Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, which is organized annually by England's Royal Observatory Greenwich to showcase the most beautiful photos of the night sky.


Judging is currently underway for the contest, and winners will be announced on Sept. 19. Click here to see all the finalists.


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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.