Mind-Blowing Andromeda Galaxy and ‘Cosmic Inferno’ Earn Top Prizes of Space Photo Contest

Andromeda galaxy has 2 million light years Earth, But it is close enough to touch an image that took the top prize at the Royal Observatory Greenwich Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 competition.

French photographer Nicolas Lefudeux used a technique called tilt-shift – positioning a camera lens in such a way that manipulating the depth of field in an image – to bring our nearest neighboring galaxy still closer. His photo blurring the foreground and background, focusing sharply in the center, makes the Milky Way appear surprisingly close, though almost the observer can reach and capture it in the photo.