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…
Eastern Prominence © Paul Andrew (taken Dover, Kent, UK, 29 August 2016) Lunt LS152THa 152 mm f/6 H-alpha refractor telescope at f/15, Sky-Watcher EQ6 mount pro mount, PGR FL3-U3-13S2M-CS camera, stacked from multiple exposures
Ignite the Lights © Nicolas Alexander Otto (taken Fredvang, Nordland, Norway, 26 September 2016) Nikon D800 camera, 14 mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 3200, 15-second exposure
Mr Big Dipper © Nicholas Roemmelt (taken Engadin, Graubünden, Switzerland, 29 December 2016) Canon EOS 1DX Mark II, 14 mm f/4 lens, ISO 6400, 30-second exposure
NGC 2023 © Warren Keller (taken Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, near La Serena, Chile, 2 January 2016) RCOS 16-inch f/11.3 reflector telescope, PlaneWave Ascension 200HR mount, FLI PL16803 camera, 1800-second exposure
NGC 7331 – The Deer Lick Group © Bernard Miller (taken Animas, New Mexico, USA, 30 October 2016) PlaneWave CDK-17 17-inch reflector telescope at f/6.8, Paramount ME mount, Apogee CG16M camera, 18-hour total exposure
Orion’s Gaseous Nebula © Sebastien Grech (taken London, UK, 15 February 2017) Sky-Watcher 150 mm f/5 reflector telescope, Sky-Watcher EQ3 mount, Astronomik CLS filter, Canon EOS 60D camera, ISO 800, 80 x 60-second exposure
Reflection © Beate Behnke (taken Skagsanden, Lofoten, Norway, 28 October 2016) Nikon D810 camera, 14 mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 1600, 15-second exposure
Sh2-249 Jellyfish Nebula © Chris Heapy (taken Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK, 29 November 2016) GM2000HPS-II mount, Moravian Instruments G4-16000 Mono CCD camera, 20-hour total exposure
Solar Trails above the Telescope © Maciej Zapior (Home-made Solargraph pinhole camera, 6-month exposure)
The Lost Hour © Andrew Whyte (taken Titchfield, Hampshire, UK, 26th March 2017) Sony α7s camera, 17 mm f/4 lens, ISO 1600, 120 x 30-second exposures
An Icy Moonscape © Kris Williams (taken Capel Curig, Snowdonia National Park, Conwy, UK, 3 December 2016) Sony ILCE-7S camera, 18 mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 6400, 20-second exposure
Aurora over Svea © Agurtxane Concellon (taken Svea, Svalbard, Norway, 25 February 2017) Nikon D810 camera, 15 mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 500, 13-second exposure
Auroral Crown © Yulia Zhulikova (taken Murmansk, Russia, 3 January 2017) Canon EOS 6D camera, 14 mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 3200, four 2-second exposures combined
Beautiful Trømso © Derek Burdeny (taken Tromsø, Norway, 7 March 2016) Nikon D810 camera, 14 mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 400, 4-second exposure
A Battle We Are Losing © Haitong Yu (taken Beijing, China, 2 March 2017) Sony A7s camera, 55 mm f/1.8 lens, ISO 6400, 10-second exposure
Winter Ice Giant Uranus © Martin Lewis (taken St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK, 29 December 2016)
Home-made 444 mm reflector telescope at f/28, home-made equatorial mount, ZWO ASI224MC camera, stacked from 6000 frames
Near Earth Object 164121 (2003 YTI) © Derek Robson (taken Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK, 2 November 2016) Canon 1100D, 300 mm f/5.6 lens, ISO 1600, 56 x 25-second exposures
Super Moon © Giorgia Hofer (taken Laggio di Cadore, Province of Belluno, Italy, 15 November 2016) Nikon D750 camera, 400 mm f/8 lens, ISO 250, background: f/7.1, ISO 200, 1/1000-second exposure, foreground: f/8, ISO 250, ½-second exposure
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