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Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away


1 of 36 Esa Pekka Isomursu

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

2 of 36 Stefan Lieberman

Spectrum

Marvel at the Northern Lights shining above Iceland’s Vestrahorn mountain.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

3 out of 36 Carl Gallagher

An Icelandic saga

Photographer Carl Gallagher captured this image of the Aurora Borealis over the wreck of the Gardur in Iceland. The photographer was on a nine-day road trip.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

4 out of 36 Shane Turgeon

Electric magic

The Northern Lights are reflected in a lake in Alberta, Canada.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

5 out of 36 David Loose

Messier 78

This photo shows Messier 78, a reflection nebula near Orion.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

6 out of 36 Liu Xuemei

radio telescope

The Mingantu Astronomical Observatory in Inner Mongolia stands out against the night sky.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

7 out of 36 Mark Hanson, Mike Selby

Arp 271: Cosmic Collision

NGC 5426 and NGC 5427 are two spiral galaxies known collectively as Arp 271.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

8 out of 36 Peter Ward

Hydra Reel

The Southern Pinwheel galaxy was first observed on February 23, 1752, and this finalist photo was taken exactly 270 years later.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

9 out of 36 Terry Robinson

Interacting galaxies in Eridanus

This pair of interacting galaxies is located in the southern constellation of Eridanus, which means “The River”.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

10 out of 36 Lynda Laird

Terrestrial cyanotype

The photographer created a photomontage of Earth from images from the Suomi NPP satellite.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

11 out of 36 Sergio Diaz Ruiz

busy star

This image represents the occupied surface and the coronal activity of the sun.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

12 out of 36 Noah Kujawski

Reverse Minerals

This lunar surface contains colors hidden in the ground, caused by different minerals. Here the colors have been enhanced and inverted.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

13 out of 36 Tom Glen

Above the lunar south pole

This composite of images of the lunar south pole was created on two different dates.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

14 out of 36 Andrea Vanoni

Fly over the South Pole

Here you can see the craters and mountains of the lunar south pole.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

15 out of 36 Simon Tang

Hydrogen gas clouds

Clouds of hydrogen gas give way when the sun’s magnetic field lines break and collide.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

16 out of 36 Alessandro Ravagnin

Partial solar eclipse in H-alpha

A partial solar eclipse seen from the Veneto region of Italy.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

17 out of 36 Stuart Green

solar hell

The photographer selectively filtered out all wavelengths of light except for a narrow red band (known as H-alphaline) to reveal an active region of sun change.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

18 out of 36

Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonardo)

Comet Leonard was discovered on January 3, 2021 by GJ Leonard.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

19 out of 36 Flavio Fortunatus

Saturn and its moons

Saturn’s moons are spread almost symmetrically around the planet, balancing the composition of this photograph.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

20 out of 36 Damien Peach

The Jovian family

Jupiter is shown with three of its largest moons.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

21 out of 36 Hannah Rocheford

Equinox Moon and Glastonbury Tor

This runner up captures people enjoying the full harvest moon rising behind Glastonbury Tor in the UK.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

22 out of 36 YangSutie

The starry sky above the highest national road in the world

National Road 219, the highest national road in the world, meanders in the foreground. The photo was taken in Shannan, Tibet, China.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

23 out of 36 Sean Gobel

Moonrise over Los Angeles

This finalist photo showcases the moon above the mountains and the iconic Los Angeles skyline.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

24 out of 36 Takanobu Kurosaki

Reverse side of Funakawa in spring

Breathtaking cherry trees line the Funakawa River in Japan, while only a glimmer of moonlight crosses the sky.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

25 out of 36 Derek Horlock

Batteries and stones

The Milky Way pierces the night sky above stacked stones on the beach at St. Agnes in the UK’s Isles of Scilly.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

26 out of 36 Mihail Minkov

The ladder to the stars

This photo is actually a stacked shot of 15 exposures, taken at the Shiroka Polyana dam in Bulgaria.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

27 out of 36 Marcin Zajac

Oregon Coast

The Milky Way is pictured above the southern Oregon coast.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

28 out of 36 Gen Kiryu

Diagonal

The Milky Way rises above the research pier of the Marine Research Institute in Japan.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

29 out of 36 Jacques Mosher

Cross the Madison

The Milky Way is pictured above the Three Dollar Bridge in Montana.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

30 out of 36 Sean Gobel

Circles and curves

The stars revolve around Polaris in this stack of 33 four-minute exposures.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

31 out of 36 Vikas Chander

Chidiya Tapou

The Milky Way reflects water from the Chidiya Tapu Nature Reserve in the Andaman Islands of India.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

32 out of 36 Bray Falls

The Crescent Nebula

A deep view of the Crescent Nebula in Cygnus.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

33 out of 36 Paul Milvain

The crashing waves of Vela

This image, taken from Australia, captures a region at the edge of the Vela constellation.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

34 of 36 Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

Outskirts of the Carina Nebula

The main object in this image is a nebula cataloged as RCW 53c and rarely captured by photographers.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

35 out of 36 Binyu Wang

A little devil riding the head of a dragon

This image shows the nebula IC 1848 and its core, IC 1871.

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

36 of 36 Zezhen Zhou

Pickering triangle in a light polluted city

Increasing light pollution in cities is one of the major challenges facing astrophotographers. Zezhen Zhou used narrow bandpass filters to capture this image of NGC 6979 (Pickering Triangle) in Shaoxing, China.

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