See Our World At Night In 15 Jaw-Dropping Entries To The ‘Astronomy Photographer Of The Year’ Contest

See Our World At Night In 15 Jaw-Dropping Entries To The ‘Astronomy Photographer Of The Year’ Contest

From a mesmerizing panorama of the aurora borealis in Iceland to a beautiful image of Comet Neowise, the Royal Observatory’s annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has again produced some truly astounding images.

Run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine and now in its thirteenth year, the competition this year received over 4,500 entries from around the world.

Here are 15 of my favorite nightscape entries, some of which will triumph and feature in the final 11 come September 2021. How many space-selfies—the latest cliche craze in astrophotography—can you spot?

‘Harmony’ by Stefan Liebermann (Germany)

Above: This article’s main image depicts a mesmerising panorama of the Milky Way looming over the lavender fields in Valensole, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France, in June 2020. It’s a composite of 20 different exposures of the foreground and the sky.

Above: ‘Dugi Otok – Variant A’ by Ivan Vucetic (Croatia)

The photograph shows a captivating star trail over Dugi Otok—’Long Island—in Croatia. Due to wind unsetting the reflections the photographer had to use the stars from the sky in post-processing to achieve the final result. Taken in Mala Rava, Rava, Croatia, July 2020.

Above: ‘Château de Chambord’ by Benjamin Barakat (UK)

This image of the Milky Way behind a château in Chambord, Centre-Val de Loire, France was taken in June 2020. The castle was illuminated at night with only a minute’s pause every 15 minutes.

‘Comet Neowise over Stonehenge’ by James Rushforth (UK)

Above: A single exposure taken early on the morning of July 20, 2020 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, this image shows Comet Neowise—surely the astronomical highlight of the decade—above the ancient monument. A passing vehicle painted the rocks with light during the shot.

‘Glory of Damavand and Milky Way’ by Masoud Ghadiri (Iran)

Above: The Milky Way behind Mount Damavand, north-east of the city of Tehran in Iran. The photographer had to hike for about seven hours and ascend over 1,000 meters to get the shot. Taken in May 2020.

‘Iceland Vortex’ by Larryn Rae (New Zealand)

Above: Taken in Vik, Southern Iceland, in January 2020, this panorama of the aurora borealis is 20 separate shots stitched together. The photographer captured the panorama across the estuary and then took a shot of himself out on the ice.

‘Luna Park’ by Ed Hurst (Australia)

Above: The iconic entrance to Luna Park in Sydney Harbour, a theme park that closed in 1979, provides an unusual foreground for a classic star-trail shot that involved thousands of frames. Taken in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in November 2020

‘Milky Way rising over Durdle Door’ by Anthony Sullivan (UK)

Above: Durdle Door at Lulworth, Dorset in the UK is an iconic destination for astrophotographers, bordering on cliche, but here the shot of takes advantage not only of the location’s annual alignment with the Milky Way core, but also the appearance of Saturn and Jupiter on the left of the frame. Taken in May 2020.

‘Moonrise over Jodrell Bank’ by Matt Naylor (UK)

Above: The famous Lovell Telescope captured as December 2020’s “Cold Moon” was rising. The setting Sun lit-up the clouds for some lovely colours. Taken in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, UK.

‘Star Fall’ by Wang Zheng (China)

Above: Taken in the Tengger Desert, Minqin County, Wuwei City, China in August 2020, this image shows a mysterious group of artificial sculptures—metal columns that point to the sky—which are called raindrops. Here the sculpture reflects the light of the Milky Way and bright starlight.

‘Star Watcher’ by Yang Sutie (China)

Above: Taken in Ranwu, Tibet, China in October 2020, this image is the result of the photographer noticing this mound that lined up with the mountains and the Milky Way, so he set the camera to shoot automatically then drove his own vehicle back and forth around the mound. He also managed to get himself into the final image, too.

‘The Cave’ by Markus van Hauten (Germany)

Above: During a visit in Iceland in January 2020 the photographer took a double exposure—one from the cave and one of the aurora borealis—and stacked them together. Taken in Breidamerkurjökull, Eastern Iceland.

‘The Milky Way on the Ancient Village’ by Zhang Xiao (China)

Above: A galaxy of stars falling on Yuezhao Lake in Hongcun, Anhui, China surrounded by ancient buildings. Hongcun is an ancient village at the foot of Huangshan Mountain in China and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taken in February 2021.

‘The Star Observer’ by Antoni Cladera Barceló (Spain)

Above: Captured at a natural stone bridge shaped by water erosion, the photographer used the light pollution from Mallorca—the neighbouring island to the Starlight Reserve of Menorca, where this shot was taken from in July 2020—to illuminate part of the image. Shot from Pont den Gil, Ciutadella, Spain.

Waterfall © Anna Dobrovolskaya-Mints (Israel)

Above: Taken from close to Arvidsjaur, Swedish Lapland, in October 2020, this image was supposed to be a star-trail of hundreds of images, but the camera captured the beginning of a display of the aurora borealis.

Wishing you wide eyes and clear skies.

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