Astronomy Photographer of the Year photo winners are unreal
The 2021 “Astronomical Photographer of the Year” winners overcame a sky polluted by light and provided us with breathtaking images.
The “Astronomy of the Year” competition, organized by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, received over 4,500 entries with only one winning photograph from each category.
Our view of the night sky and its many treasures is often diluted by light pollution, which can make it nearly impossible to see the wonders of the world – but these photos defy the odds.
SOLEIL (overall winner)
This image, taken by photographer Shuchang Dong in Tibet, captured the Sun with the lunar intruder in front of it.
Although this is primarily a photo of the moon, the image shows the star as a simple ethereal ring during the June 2020 solar eclipse.
This incredible image of the Northern Lights was taken over the seas of Russia in late 2020.
Photographer Dmitrii Rybalka saw a whitish band in the sky which quickly turned into this stunning display of green light.
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This panoramic image took two years and shows all parts of the Milky Way that can be seen from Earth.
The shot was created from images taken in both New Zealand and China, offering a perspective of the northern and southern hemispheres.
This image resonates aura of the famous image The earthworm, with a similar perspective shown.
The photo, taken by Nicolos Lefaudeux, is a view of Venus behind the Moon taken from Forges-les-Bains, France.
PEOPLE AND SPACE
Appropriate title Confinement this image was taken in Windsor, England in January 2021.
The photographer’s daughter looks up at the night sky holding her stuffed animal – an image that reflects the ominous experience of the pandemic.
COSMOS PLANETS AND ASTERODS
This one is sure to mess your mind! A colorful quadrantid meteor, was taken by Frank Kuszaj in Cookstation Missouri 2021.
The image captures a meteor from the constellation Quadrans Muralis.
Taken in Death Valley National Park, this image almost makes outer space palpable.
Rising above a ribbon of rubble-like sand dunes, the Moon was actually captured through four separate photographs.
STARS AND NEBULES
California Dreamin NGC 1499 represents the Californian nebula captured during seven nights.
The nebula is a 100 light-year-long cloud of dust and gas that is about 1,000 light years from Earth.
Zhipu Wang won the youth award with this “family portrait” of our solar system (outside Earth). The images were all taken in Yongtai, China over a 5 month period.
Paul Eckhardt won the “Best Newcomer” award with his photograph of the Falcon 9, taken a few hours before the launch of the craft.
Two people won the ‘Image innovation’ award, using inventive techniques in their pieces.
Heavenly Fracture by Leonardo Di Maggi – shows images of Saturn, its rings and its moons taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
The second image – Another cloudy day on Jupiter by Sergio Diaz Ruiz speaks for himself. The photograph shows a close-up of the giant gas planet taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and enhanced in color.
The hustle and bustle of modern times doesn’t leave much time for stargazing or admiring astronomy, so we count our lucky stars for witnessing these incredible images of our planet’s natural beauty.