Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition entries are stunning!


Thousands of photographers from around the world entered the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Stunning  images capture numerous astronomical phenomenon, including eclipse of the sun and meteor showers. Mark Gee from Australia won the top prize for his photograph of the Milky Way over the Cape Palliser, New Zealand. The collection will be exhibited at the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Centre in Greenwich from today.

Competition Winners:
Earth and Space

•    Mark Gee (Australia) with Guiding Light to the Stars (Winner and Overall Winner)
•    Fredrik Broms (Norway) with Green Energy (Runner-up)
•    Dani Caxete (Spain) with A Quadruple Lunar Halo (Highly Commended)
•    Fredrik Broms (Norway) with Icy Visitor (Highly Commended)
•    David Kingham (USA) with Snowy Range Perseid Meteor Shower (Highly Commended)

Deep Space
•    Adam Block (USA) with Celestial Impasto: Sh2 – 239 (Winner)
•    Tom O’Donoghue (Ireland) with Rho Ophiuchi and Antares Nebulae (Runner-Up)
•    Ignacio Diaz Bobillo (Argentina) with Omega Centauri (Highly Commended)
•    Ivan Eder (Hungary) with M81-82 and Integrated Flux Nebula (Highly Commended)
•    Michael Sidonio (Australia) with Floating Metropolis-NGC 253 (Highly Commended)

Our Solar System
•    Man-To Hui (China) with Corona Composite of 2012: Australian Totality (Winner)
•    Alan Friedman (USA) with Magnetic Maelstrom (Runner-Up)
•    Ignacio Diaz Bobillo (Argentina) with Cosmic Alignment: Comet Lemmon, GC 47 Tucanae and the SMC (Highly Commended)
•    Jia Hao (Singapore) with Ring of Fire Sequence (Highly Commended)
•    Damian Peach (UK) with Saturn at Opposition (Highly Commended)

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 
•    Jacob Marchio (USA, aged 14) with The Milky Way Galaxy (Winner)
•    Ariana Bernal (USA, aged 10) with Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon (Runner-up)
•    Samuel Copley (UK, aged 15) with The Great Nebula (Highly Commended)
•    Eric Dewar (Canada, aged 15) with The Windows District (Highly Commended)
•    Jacob Marchio (USA, aged 14) with The Waxing Crescent Moon (Highly Commended)

Special Prize: People and Space
•    Mark Gee (Australia) with Moon Silhouettes (Winner)
•    Ben Canales (USA) with Hi.Hello (Runner-up)

Special Prize: Sir Patrick Moore prize for Best Newcomer
•    Sam Cornwell (UK) with Venus Transit, Foxhunters Grave, Welsh Highlands (Winner)

Robotic Scope Image of the Year
•    László Francsics (Hungary) with The Trapezium Cluster and Surrounding Nebula (Winner)

Incredible pictures of the Perseid meteor shower last night | Stargazers night

The Perseid meteor shower happens annually between mid July and mid August but the best views were expected last night. Up to 60 meteors an hour were visible from the comet Swift-Tuttle and won’t be seen until 2125.  Across the UK people turned into amateur astronomers as they looked out for the ‘shooting stars’, a result of material falling from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Check out the photos below..