Have you ever stood outside and oohed and aahed to the sky above? And then tried to take a photo with your smartphone, only to see the dazzling image reduced to a few specks and sparkles? We’re not all supposed to compete for Astronomical Photographer of the Year, that’s for sure.
Instead, take some time to marvel at the finalists in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, organized by The Royal Observatory Greenwich in the UK, supported by Liberty Specialty Markets and in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
There were over 3,000 entries from amateur and professional photographers in 67 different countries. This is the 14th year of the contest. Finalists include images of Harvest Moon rising behind Glastonbury Tor in the UK, lights of the Milky Way reflected from the world’s highest national road in Tibet, one of the most detailed amateur-produced maps of the pole Lunar South, created in the United States, a partial solar eclipse over Italy, and the Southern Windmill Galaxy captured in Australia 270 years after its discovery.
The organization notes that one of the astronomical highlights of 2021 was the discovery of Comet Leonard, a long-period comet identified by GJ Leonard on January 3, 2021. Nearly a quarter of submissions in the Planets, Comets category and asteroids focused on Comet Leonard.
The winners will be announced on September 15. The winning images will then be exhibited at Britain’s National Maritime Museum and featured in an official book. Take a look below and see if you can predict the winners.
Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away
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