The breathtaking sight of the Perseid Meteor shower shooting across the sky, swirling pink clouds of the Lagoon Nebula, and a mesmerizing lunar halo are among the awesome scenes captured by both amateur and professional photographers shortlisted in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition. The contest is held annually by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in Britain which received more than 4,500 entries from over 80 countries.
Here’s a look at the shortlisted images. Winning images for nine categories will be announced September 15.
Magic Points - Rune Engebø (Norway)
rusty red swirls of the circular, iron sculpture Seven Magic Points in
Brattebergan, Norway mirror the rippling aurora above.
view of the Halley 6 Research Station situated on the Brunt Ice Shelf,
Antarctica, which is believed to be the closest thing you can get to living in
space without leaving Earth, making it perfect to be used for research by the
European Space Agency.
As the sun’s light dissipates into the horizon, the aurora can be seen swirling overhead.
vivid green Northern Lights resemble a bird soaring over open water in
Credit: Courtesy Jan R Olsen
South - Phil Hart (Australia)
Southern Cross constellation of the Milky Way, visible in the southern sky
creates a guiding light along Bucklands Lane in Central Goldfields Shire,
Credit: Courtesy Phil Hart
Between the Rocks - Rick Whitacre (USA)
galaxy, the Milky Way, stretches across the night sky between two of the
imposing rocks at Pfeiffer State Beach, near Big Sur, California.
Credit: Courtesy Rick Whitacre
Celestial Veil - Yuyun Wang (Singapore)
natural light of the Milky Way battles with the light pollution over the
fishing village, or kelong, in Batu Pahat, Malaysia. In the lower right hand
corner, there is also bioluminescence in the waters at the bottom of the
It was a rare opportunity to see five planets - mercury, venus, mars, saturn and
jupiter - gleaming in the night sky over the Alps captured on camera. On the
left hand side is the Dufour peak of the MonteRosa range and on the right hand
side of the frame is the instantly recognizable peak of the Matterhorn.
Perseid Meteor shower shoots across the sky in the early hours of August 13,
2015, appearing to cascade from Mount Shasta in California. The composite
image features roughly 65 meteors captured by the photographer between 12:30am
celestial curve of the Milky Way joins with the light of a stargazer’s headlamp
to form a monumental arch over the Cimon della Pella in the heart of the
Dolomites mountain range in northeastern Italy.
in the night sky, tempestuous storms are visible across the face of the largest
planet in our solar system, jupiter. The great red spot - a raging storm akin
to a hurricane on Earth - stands out in a deep orange from the hues of browns
luminous tangle of filaments of Pickering’s Triangle intertwines through the
night sky. Located in the Veil Nebula, it is one of the main visual elements of
a supernova remnant, whose source exploded around 8,000 years ago.
the seldom-seen alignment of the five planets in February 2016, venus, mercury
and the Milky Way rose an hour before sunrise, and appear to be fleeing its early
glow, overlooking Turrimeta Beach, Australia.