Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

The finalists of the contest "Astronomical photographer of the year"

The largest international competition of astrophotographers, which annually presents phenomenal shots of the night sky and the Universe. Pictures capture fantastic views of the starry sky, distant galaxies, mysterious nebulae and colorful landscapes.

The competition was established ten years ago by the Royal Greenwich Observatory and is still the largest event in astrophotography.

1. Northern lights in the Barents Sea. (Photo by Michael Zav'yalov):

Northern lights in the Barents Sea

2. The radiance of the Earth. Eclipse. (Photo by Peter Ward):

The radiance of the Earth. Eclipse

3. Southern Crown Nebula- a bright reflecting nebula at 420 light years. It was created by several bright stars trapped in a dark cloud of dust. This is a star formation site where clusters of young stars are located. It contains 3 foggy regions: NGC 6726, NGC 6727 and NGC 6729. The first two are visible here. (Photo by Mark Hanson, Warren Keller, Steve Mazlin, Rex Parker, Tommy Tse, David Plesko, Pete Proulx):

Southern Crown Nebula

4. The crossbar and the reflection nebula of the Head of the Witch IC 2118 in the constellation Southern Crown. (Photo by Mario Cog):

Rigel and Reflection Nebula Witch Head IC 2118

5. The surface of the moon.(Photo by Nicolas Lefaudeux):

Surface of the moon

6. Aurorasthey are observed mainly in the high latitudes of both hemispheres in the oval zones-belts surrounding the Earth’s magnetic poles - auroral ovals. The diameter of the auroral ovals is 3000 km during the quiet Sun. (Photo by Mikkel Beiter):

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7. The Milky Way and the Dolomites. (Photo by Carlos F Turienzo):

Milky Way and Dolomites

8. The Milky Way over the most ancient trees in California. These trees can live over 4,000 years. (Photo by Jez Hughes):

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9. Orion Nebula. This is the brightest diffuse nebula, it is about 1344 light years from Earth and has 33 light years across. (Photo by Miguel Angel García Borrella and Lluis Romero Ventura):

Orion Nebula

10. And the Earth is spinning! This is how stars look at long exposure. These are star tracks. (Photo by Jake Mosher):

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11. Journey to infinity. (Photo by Jingpeng Liu):

Journey to infinity

12. Hidden Galaxy IC 342 is one of the largest galaxies visible from the Northern Hemisphere. Although it is incredibly bright, astronomers must look through a large amount of material to observe it. As a result, IC 342, which is relatively difficult to characterize and portray, gained the intriguing nickname: “Hidden Galaxy”. (Photo by Tom O'Donoghue):

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13. The international space station on a solar disk with sunspots. (Photo by Dani Caxete):

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14. The Milky Way Galaxy in New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Gee):

Milky Way Galaxy in New Zealand

15.A riot of colors and a starry sky near Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Paul Wilson):

A riot of colors and a starry sky near Christchurch, New Zealand

16. Sunspot AR2665. Its diameter is 120 thousand kilometers. The spots arise as a result of disturbances and the exit into the photosphere of individual sections of the solar magnetic field. They are darker than the surrounding background because it is colder. The spots provoke solar flares - the so-called coronary ejections. (Photo by Łukasz Sujka):

Sunspot AR2665

4200 photos from photographers from 91 countries of the world participated in the competition. The winner of the prestigious competition will be announced on October 24th.

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  • Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

    Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

    Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

    Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

    Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

    Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

    Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

    Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

    Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

    Finalists of the Astronomical Photographer of the Year Contest

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