October 06, 2017

The Best Extraterrestrial Images Showcased in Photography Competition

by Prince Chandran

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year (IAPY) features the world’s best extraterrestrial photography.

The Contest was first created by Royal Observatory in Greenwich, which includes photographs in nine categories such as comets, star, landscapes and galaxies.

This year there were almost 2222 entries  for the competition and photographers are drawn from 91 countries.

The winner of the complete competition was   Artem Mironov, a Russian photographer, will receive £10,000 for his picture of the Rho Ophiuchi Clouds .

The cloud complex is known as ‘Rho Oph’ and is named after a bright star.About 14 light years across and located some 460 light years away it is one of the closest star-forming regions to the solar system.The image was taken at a farm in Namibia over three nights.

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The winners of the IAPY competition are on display in an exhibition at the Royal Observatory until 22 June 2018.

Winner in Galaxies category, M63 Star Streams and the Sunflower Galaxy. Pic: Oleg Bryzgalov
Winner in Galaxies category, M63 Star Streams and the Sunflower Galaxy. Pic: Oleg Bryzgalov
 
Winner in Aurorae category, Ghost World. Pic: Mikkel Beiter
Winner in Aurorae category, Ghost World. Pic: Mikkel Beiter
 
Winner in Our Sun Category, Mercury Rising. Pic: Alexandra Hart
Winner in Our Sun Category, Mercury Rising. Pic: Alexandra Hart
 
Blue Tycho © László Francsics
Winner Of our Moon Category Blue Tycho © László Francsics
 
Encounter of Comet and Planetary Nebula © Gerald Rhemann
   
Winner in Skyscapes category, Passage to the Milky Way. Pic: Haitong Yu
Winner in Skyscapes category, Passage to the Milky Way. Pic: Haitong Yu
             

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