Stunning Images from the 2016 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition
Now in its eighth year, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year received more outstanding pictures than ever before in 2016. The competition, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, received a record number of over 4,500 entries from enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers from over 80 countries spanning the globe.
Shortlisted images from this year’s entrants include the breathtaking sight of the Perseid Meteor Shower shooting across the sky appearing to cascade from Mount Shasta in California, USA; the Universe providing the sensational natural light show of the Aurora Australis to welcome in the New Year over Nugget Point on the Otago Coast of New Zealand; and the dramatic moment that our star, the Sun, appeared to be cloaked in darkness by the Moon during the Total Solar Eclipse of March 9, 2016 in Indonesia.
The range of locations is not just limited to our planet. Photographers have also captured sights from across our Solar System, galaxy and the wider universe; from the tempestuous storms visible across the face of our Solar System’s largest planet, Jupiter, looming in the night sky; to the luminous tangle of filaments of Pickering’s Triangle, one of the main visual elements of a supernova remnant in the Veil Nebula, whose source exploded around 8,000 years ago; to the starburst galaxy of M82 (also known as the Cigar Galaxy) lying some 12 million light years away from our planet where a plethora of stars are being created.
The winners of the competition’s nine categories and two special prizes will be announced on Thursday 15 September at a special award ceremony at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The winning images will be displayed in a free of charge exhibition at the Observatory’s Astronomy Center from Saturday 17 September. Winners and shortlisted entries will also be published in the competition’s official book, available in November. More information about the contest can be found here.