Every year photographers from all over the world take pictures of distant space objects.
The dark sky is like a window to the Galaxy, which allows us to see the glow of the Universe, available during the day or the light of the artificial lights of cities by night. The contest, which is sponsored by the Greenwich Royal Observatory, every year selects the best astrophotography. The shortlist of the competition includes photographs of the milky Way, auroras and many others.
Results will be announced in September, but already now it is possible to admire the photographs submitted for the competition.
Milky Way above the radio telescope, national astronomical Observatory of China.
Photo: Haitong Yu
Turquoise Northern lights over snowy trees. Lit by street lights, the trees seem to be bright pink, forming a contrasting frame for the greatest natural light show.
Photo: Julia Golikova
In the constellation of Orion, at a distance of 1467 light-years from our planet, is the nebula NGC 2023.
Photo: Warren Keller
Snow-covered mountain in the Eastern Sierra towering over the yellowed aspen grove, and above them shines the milky Way.
Photo: Brandon Yoshizawa
A shooting star in the sky over a rocky landscape of Portland, Dorset.
Photo: Rob Bowes
Located in the constellation Gemini the remnants of galactic supernovae, which could explode as much as 30 thousand years ago. Due to the spherical appearance they were called the jellyfish nebula.
Photo: Chris Heapy
The astronomer observes the constellation URSA major, Engadine, Switzerland.
Photo: Nicholas Roemmelt
Traces of stars spun around a lonely astronomer.
Photo: Andrew Whyte
Star galaxy M82, also known as the Cigar galaxy, emits light five times brighter than ours, and lies about 12 million light years from Earth in the constellation Big dipper.
Photo: Bernard Miller
The response of nature in a spectacular firework display — the Northern lights in Tromso, Norway.
Photo: Derek Burdeny
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