Part of my job as the Communications Coordinator for the Dept of Physics & Astronomy is to select cool photos and post them on the departmental website. And I often get really impressive photos from astronomers in the dept (actually some physicists in the dept are jealous, haha). Well, here are some truly amazing astronomy photos for the year of 2012, put together by BBC News.
When you watch the video, make sure to click on the "caption" option (lower right of the screen) to see more info about the photos.
And, if you are really a huge fan of astronomy photos, check out the Astronomy Photo of the Day website (http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html).
"From the starry night sky, to the Milky Way, and out into deep space - stunning images from across the cosmos."