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Photo Gallery: The Best Astronomy Photography of the Year

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has released the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist, which includes the first images of Uranus and asteroids that have ever been submitted… 

The awards will be announced on 14 September 2017, with the exhibition of winning images launching on 16 September.

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, is now in its ninth year and continues to go from strength to strength.

This year, more than 3,800 spectacular entries from enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers across the globe have found their way to Greenwich, including – for the first time ever – images of Uranus and asteroids.

Check out our gallery of highlights…

Shortlisted images from this year’s entrants include the magnificent sight of the Super Moon illuminating the night sky as it sets behind the Marmarole, in the heart of the Dolomites in Italy; nature’s answer to a stunning firework display as the Northern Lights dance above a rainbow cast in the waters of the harbour in Trømso, Norway; and a shooting star flashing across the sky over Portland, Dorset, as our neighbouring planet Venus looks on.

Photographers have also captured sights from across the Solar System, galaxy and the wider universe, from the distant ice giant Uranus, the seventh furthest planet from the Sun, to the close encounter of an asteroid darting past the Earth on 31 October 2016.

Shortlisted images from this year’s entrants include nature’s answer to a stunning firework display as the Northern Lights dance above a rainbow cast in the waters of the harbour in Trømso, Norway

The winners of the competition’s nine categories and two special prizes will be announced on Thursday 14 September at a special award ceremony at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. This year’s judges include Rebecca Roth of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, comedian and keen amateur astronomer Jon Culshaw, Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine Chris Bramley, and the Royal Observatory’s Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula,

The winning images will be showcased in the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Observatory’s Astronomy Centre from 16 September 2017.

Follow the awards ceremony live on Twitter via the hashtag #astrophoto2017. For further information, see rmg.co.uk



 

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