We all need space. 11 sublime pictures from ‘Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ that will make you gasp

Need some inspiration? Last week the Royal Observatory was awarded the title of Greenwich Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020, and along with it came a collection of space photographs that left us all.

The unexpected capture of galaxies, nebulae, planets, moons, and even SpaceX satellites as something truly innovative.

The overall photographer’s image was one (above) from French photographer Nicolas Lefudeux, who won the top prize of $ 13,000, defeating thousands of amateur and professional photographers around the world. His image takes place at the exhibition of the winning photographs, opening on 23 October 2020 at the National Maritime Museum.

Contest judge Ed Robinson said, “For most of us, our nearest neighbor galaxy Andromeda can also feel so far away and inaccessible, yet to create a picture that gives us the impression that it’s our physical reach Is magical within. ”

However, judging this year was not an easy competition. Dr. for the Astronomer and competition at the Royal Museum Greenwich. Emily Drabek-Mander said, “The global situation made this year particularly challenging with judges spread across various countries justly and shortlisting extremely challenging.” “However, the photos exceeded our expectations and the innovations shown by the entrants are unprecedented.”

Lefudex’s incredible image snatched the overall award, but also took the title in the “galaxy” category.

Here are the incredible category winners:

aurorae: The green lady By Nicholas Rommelt

“On the trip to Norway the Northern Lights unexpectedly appeared with her magical green clothing, lit up the entire sky with shades of green, blue and pink.”

Our Moon: Tyco Crater Region with Colors By Alain Pillu

“Tycho Crater is one of the most famous craters on the moon … This photo combines a session with a black and white camera, to capture details and sharpness, and a session with a color camera, to color the colors of To catch. Soil. This picture shows the incredible beauty and complexity of our natural satellite. “

Our Sun: Liquid incense By Alexandra Hart

“The solar minimum can be seen as a calm sun and is considered dull under white light, but if you look closely at the small-scale structure, the surface is alive with momentum. This surface is about 100 kilometers thick and rotates at an ever-boiling speed of these convection cells, lasting about 15 to 20 minutes. They are about 1,000 kilometers in size and form a beautiful ‘crazy paving’ structure for us to enjoy. “

People and Space: Technology gel By Rafael Schmoll

“The star at the center of the image is the Albero double star, surrounded by traces of satellites. How many more can be reached by reaching next year’s competition? There can be thousands of moving points in the sky. ”

Planets, Comets and Asteroids: Space between us byukasz sujka

“This image shows the really close alignment of the Moon and Jupiter that took place on 31 October 2019… This small project is a big challenge involving lots of luck and good viewing conditions. I wanted to show the vast emptiness and the size of the space. “

Skyscapes: Photographing the sky By Thomas Kasta

“Polar stratospheric clouds are something that photographers have been looking for for years and only saw in photographs until that day. The clouds gradually changed their shape and color. It was like seeing someone painting, especially when the sun was low – it turned into a deep orange and the pink color became stronger. “

Stars and Nebula: Cosmic inferno By Peter Ward

“NGC 3576 is a well-known nebula in the southern sky, but shown here without any stars … The image is intended to reflect media images taken in Australia during 2019 and 2020, where large-scale shrubs harbor native forests. Has been destroyed and over 12 million acres of land has been claimed. ”

Youth Competition: Four planets and the moon By Alice Fock Hang

“A planetary alignment requires rigor and patience to be photographed, but also a lot of luck. The magic began after sunset, where the Moon, Venus, Mercury, Star Antares, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen in the Indian Ocean. Note that to the left of the image is the presence of Alpha Centauri as well as our immense galaxy, the Milky Way. ”

Sir Patrick Moore Award for Best Newcomer: Wave’s By Benes Toth

The image shows the central region of the California Nebula (NGC 1499). It tries to show the uncontrollable vast energy of nature in a form that resembles the huge waves of storms in the sea. “

Annie Mander Award for Image Innovation: Dark river By Julie F. Hill

“The Dark River is a sculptural work that maps, or mirrors, a Milky Way celestial unit that uses one of the largest images in its central regions. This gigapixel image of the Milky Way, showing approximately 84 million stars, reworks in a sculptural ective efficient space, creating physical and imaginary engagement with the viewer. The image was obtained with the VISTA survey telescope at the Paranal Observatory of ESO in Chile and contained approximately nine billion pixels. “

You want clear skies and wide eyes.