WINNING Photos from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards have been revealed – and they make space appear closer than ever.
The top snapshot, with which the Hungarian photographer László Francsics has earned £ 10,000, shows the 35 phases of the lunar eclipse in January.
30 This winning picture (awarded the highest award) shows the 35 phases of the total lunar eclipse on January 21 on a photo. The phases were so close together that they fit perfectly into a continuous image that captured the shadow of the earth. At the edge of the shadow a rare blue tint appears, the shadow of the earth's ozone layer Picture credits: László Francsics
The picture impressed the jurors more than any other submitted photo, and the competition was pretty tough.
"For a single multiple exposure image to capture this with such positional accuracy, creative innovation and beauty is downright masterful," said Judge Ed Robinson.
"The colors of our atmosphere that are projected onto the lunar disc during the eclipse are not only artistically appealing, but also provide an understanding of such events that may reveal aspects of our own thin yet essential part of our atmosphere."
Another winner was the rosette nebula caught by Dany dan Hoeven.
30 The painting is based on the painting "The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment, c. By Jan van Eyck, where during the day a Gibbous Moon rises over Jerusalem. The photographer researched in advance to find out when the moon would be in the right phase during the day, and set up his telescope the night before Picture credits: Casper Kentish
30 The International Space Station (ISS) flies over the Horton Tower in Dorset on a misty evening. It is believed that the tower was built with the intention of being used as an observatory. During the two shots for the sky, the photographer captured the ISS fly right above the tower perfectly Picture credits: Sam King
30 The Elephant Trunk Nebula (vdB 142) is part of a star formation region that lies 2,450 light-years away in the constellation of the Cepheus and according to photographer is probably one of the most beautiful nebulae that actively form stars Picture credits: Lluís Romero Ventura
At just 11, Dany was named Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
He built with his father the equipment for the photo and caught three nights in November snapshots of the fog.
The competition is held every year by the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Record prices of 4,600 submissions from 90 countries were received. The winners are expected to be exhibited at the British National Maritime Museum from 13th September.
Take a look at the rest of the winning pictures below:
30 The picture shows the magnificent corona of the moon and the movement of the clouds that resemble colorful brush strokes on a painting. The photographer used dozens of images to build a pile. For the photographer, this is one of the most beautiful images of the brightest and largest object in our night sky and it resembles a seven-color feather that grows out of the moon Picture credits: Yiming Li
30 The exhaust cloud of missile launch Falcon 9 took on the shape of a flower at this stage of takeoff Picture credits: Brandon Yoshizawa
30 This high-resolution hydrogen alpha image of the Large Magellanic Cloud shows the more active parts of the neighboring galaxy in the form of hydrogen atoms, which are ionized by energetic stars. The best known is the Tarantula Nebula in the lower right corner with its stormy, spidery core surrounded by arched filaments. The rest of the frame is splashed with cocoons and shells of ionized hydrogen, shaped by intense stellar winds Picture credits: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo
30 These are two far apart fog complexes. The picture on the right, NGC 3576, is closer to the ground and its shape gives the title of this picture – the fog of the Statue of Liberty. Both are active starry kindergartens that are illuminated and shaped by the radiation of young stars and have a spectacular variety of structures and colors Picture credits: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo
30 After the photographer decided to take a deep-sky picture, he started looking for mists online and came upon the magnificent Rosette Nebula. With the help of his father, he built the equipment and spent three nights in November using various filters to capture images of the Rosette Nebula. To familiarize himself with image editing, the young photographer practiced on one of his father's older photos and then processed the raw data of that image himself Picture credits: Davy van der Hoeven
30 The photographer hiked in the snow on the top of the mountain Offersøykammen in Norway to observe and capture the breathtaking giant aurora over the Lofoten. He waited many hours and after midnight the bright northern lights finally appeared. The photographer took this as a panorama to present the arched aurora over the mountains Picture credits: Nicolai Bruegger
30 The main goal of the photographer is to present the dark Horsehead Nebula framed by the hydrogen curtains in the background. In this two-panel mosaic, the narrow-band hydrogen alpha filter shows both strong and subtle details with stunning contrast. The Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33) is very hard to spot, even with very large telescopes Picture credits: Bob Franke
30 This image is a stacked star trail that shows an hour and a quarter of Earth's rotation through space and time. A touch of moonlight gives the sky a beautiful blue hue. Since the stars are reflected in the calm, shallow waters of this ethereal salt marsh, the photographer had the feeling that he had to cling to the tripod so as not to be sucked into a cosmic hole Picture credits: James Stone
30 The Andromeda galaxy, over 2.5 million light years away, is the closest galaxy to move towards us, producing the strong blue color created by the Doppler effect. The photographer chose Andromeda because, though it is six moons wide, it is invisible to the naked eye, but once pictured, it shows a vibrant expanse of dust and stars Picture credits: Tom Mogford
30 This is a close-up of our neighboring Andromeda galaxy, created with a mosaic of three photographs. The picture also shows the satellite galaxies Messier 32 and Messier 110, which are located in the constellation Andromeda and approaching about 300 km / s of our galaxy. It is expected that the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy will collide in about 5,860 million years and merge into a larger galaxy Picture credits: Raul Villaverde Fraile
It is not always possible to photograph the moon in daylight with so many details. The picture shows the lunar craters of the increasing moon crescent moon with the blue sky of the day as background Picture credits: Rafael Ruiz
30 When the photographer arrived at the Limfjord, he did not expect any auroras due to the strong light of the full moon, but was pleasantly surprised when a green glow appeared on the screen of the camera. Some passing rain clouds intensified the image and created beautiful reflections on the still water Picture credits: Ruslan Merzlyakov
30 This photo shows the Orion over the lighthouse of Hirtshals in the north of Denmark. After it had rained, the photographer went out to photograph the night sky. The terrain, which mostly consists of clay, was very slippery. Despite the slipping of the damp sound, the photographer says it was worth catching the picture Picture credits: Ruslan Merzlyakov
30 This is a deep image of the peculiar elliptical galaxy NGC 3923. The galaxy has countless concentric shells as a result of past mergers with other nearby galaxies Picture credits: Rolf Wahl
30 The picture shows the photographer and his dog Floyd, surrounded by Mars, Saturn and the galactic core of the Milky Way. This photo shows the photographer's love for the cosmos Picture credits: Ben Bush
30 This is a picture that the photographer wanted to capture since the beginning of astrophotography in September 2018. This stripe of the Orion Constellation contains some of the best targets in the Northern Hemisphere. According to the photographer, the picture shows what is possible with an average DSLR camera and lens, and hopefully will be an inspiration to those who already have a photo kit and want to get started Picture credits: Ross Clark
30 This mystical image of withered poplars was taken in the Mongolian region of Ejina in the ancient kingdom of Xi Xia. The resistance of the poplars to erosion has led to an extraordinary formation of barren landscape, and as a meteor falls their shapes look like ancient creatures on an uninhabited desert Picture credits: Wang Zheng
30 The moon shone brightly over the sand dunes in north-central China when the photographer decided to take this picture with a friend. After enjoying the sunset and the rise of the moon, they took pictures of the magnificent starry sky Picture credits: Shuchang Dong
30 The image shows a sunspot in the growing active region 12714 and shows dramatic plasma dynamics, with the different hues representing the varying plasma temperature. It is very difficult to imagine the plasma shapes because they are not solid, but the image blends the diffuse areas perfectly with those in which the details are accentuated Picture credits: Gabriel Corban
30 It is rare for photographically interesting objects to be found on the sun as they are in a minimum phase of the 11-year solar activity cycle. In these times, the atmosphere can seem pretty unremarkable Picture credits: Jason Guenzel
30 This view of Jupiter shows the entire face of the planet near its opposition from 2018. Storms of all shapes and sizes can be seen, along with the famous Great Red Spot near the center. The moon and its shadow are also visible when they were captured in transit Picture credits: Damian Peach
30 With this image, the photographer decided to take on the challenge of revealing the colors of Saturn in the near-infrared by using the combination of the two infrared planetary filters IR 685 and IR 742. This filter selection enabled the photographer to push the boundaries of amateur photography a bit further Picture credits: László Francsics
30 This image was taken on a warm and calm night in August with a methane band filter to detect the high concentrations of this gas in the Saturn atmosphere as dark bands. The surrounding rings are mainly composed of water, ice, and rock, and thus remain bright at these imaging wavelengths. Methane imaging requires relatively long exposure times, especially for Saturn, which is comparatively weak anyway and even weakens at the required long wavelengths. As a result, only the quietest nights allow you to capture pictures that show significant details on the globe Picture credits: Martin Lewis
30 A closeup of the solar element with a fireworks display in the solar minimum period of the solar cycle Picture credits: Alan Friedman
30 This is a picture sequence of Mars' perihelion opposition in 2018 following the progression of the large global dust storm, which proved detrimental to the Opportunity Mars Rover, which exceeded its planned lifetime by 14 years Picture credits: Andy Casely
30 This image of the brightest planet in our solar system was taken in daylight. With the UV filter we can take a look at the cloud cover of Venus (the thick orange band in the middle of the planet). Picture credits: Thea Hutchinson
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