The INSIDER Summary:
- The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest showcases the best photos of the night sky and the universe.
- The judges announced the shortlisted images from the 2017 contest.
- Here are 15 incredible photos taken by astrophotographers all over the world.
All eyes will be on the sun this summer with the first solar eclipse visible from the US in 38 years occurring on August 21. The real show, though, happens every night when the sun goes down.
The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest recognizes the best photos of the night sky and the universe taken by photographers all over the world. The winners will be announced September 14, but the panel of astronauts and astronomers recently shortlisted a selection of notable entries.
Here are 15 breathtaking photos that capture just how beautiful the night sky can be.
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“A Battle We Are Losing” by Haitong Yu
“The Milky Way rises ominously above a small radio telescope from a large array at Miyun Station, National Astronomical Observatory of China, in the suburbs of Beijing. The image depicts the ever-growing light pollution we now experience, which together with electromagnetic noise has turned many optical and radio observatories near cities both blind and deaf — a battle that inspired the photographer’s title of the shot.”
“An Icy Moonscape” by Kris Williams
“A lone stargazer sits atop the peak of Castell-Y-Gwynt (Castle of the Winds) on Glyder Fach Mountain in Snowdonia, North Wales, beneath a starry night sky during freezing temperatures in mid-winter. The lunar-like landscape was formed through a process called freeze-thaw weathering: water seeps into cracks in the rock, freezing and expanding as ice forms, eventually cracking the rock over hundreds and thousands of years.”
“Aurora over Svea” by Agurtxane Concellon
“The purples and greens of the Northern Lights radiate over the coal mining city of Svea, in the archipelago of Svalbard. The earthy landscape below the glittering sky is illuminated by the strong lights of industry at the pier of Svea.”