Circles and Curves © Sean Goebel Seen from under a quadruple arc, the stars circle
† [+] Polaris, in this stack of 33 four-minute shots. California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range fills the horizon, and Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States, is on the far left. Taken with Sony ILCE-7RIII camera, 12mm f/2.8, ISO 2000, 33 x 4 minute exposures Location: California, USA
Sean Goebel (used with permission)
The world’s most prestigious competition for cosmic images has announced its shortlist – and it’s brimming with wonder.
From the moon and eclipses to comets and the northern lights, this year’s shortlisted images
Astronomy Photographer of the Year were picked from more than 3,000 entries from amateur and professional photographers in 67 countries.
Organized by London’s Royal Observatory Greenwich and sponsored by Liberty Specialty Markets and in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine, this 14th annual competition will announce the winners on September 15, 2022.
Comet Leonard from Namibia
Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) © Lionel Majzik Comet Leonard was discovered on January 3 by GJ Leonard
† [+] 2021 and made its closest passage to Earth on December 12, 2021. The photographer spent some time on December 27 with the robotic telescope at the Skygems Remote Observatories in Namibia to capture this rare glimpse of a comet that will leave the solar system and not will be seen again. Taken with QHY 600M camera, 600mm f/3, 2 x 120 second exposures (Lum), 1 x 120 second exposure (RGB) Location: Hakos, Khomas, Namibia
Reflections of the Northern Lights from Alberta
Electric Wizardry © Shane Turgeon The Northern Lights are reflected in the still waters of a lake
† [+] in Alberta, Canada. Taken with Canon 1DX camera, 14mm f/2.5, ISO 1000, 6 second exposure Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Shane Turgeon (used with permission)
A harvest moon behind Glastonbury Tor
Equinox Moon and Glastonbury Tor © Hannah Rochford A single shot captures people enjoying the
† [+] full harvest moon rises behind Glastonbury Tor in the UK in September 2021. Taken with Sigma 150–600mm telescope, SLIK tripod, Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera, 600mm f/6.37, 1/8 second exposure Location : Glastonbury, Somerset, UK
Hannah Rochford (used with permission)
A partial solar eclipse over Italy
Partial eclipse in H-alpha © Alessandro Ravagnin A partial eclipse shot from
† [+] the Veneto region of Italy, as it peaked on June 10, 2021. It was a low solar activity day, allowing for this pin-sharp image of the Moon passing in front of the Sun. Taken with a QHYCCD QHYCCD183C camera, using a cooled Canon 200mm f/4 with a Daystar Quark Prominence lens Location: Romano d’Ezzelino, Veneto, Italy
Alessandro Ravagnin (used with permission)
The Jovian family from Chile
The Jovian Family © Damian Peach Jupiter captured with three of its largest moons. The famous Great
† [+] Red Spot is visible on Jupiter itself, along with many other spots and storms. Similar details are also visible on all three Jovian moons. The bright rays crater Osiris is clearly visible on Ganymede in the upper left. Taken with ZWO ASI174MM camera, multiple video frames Location: Río Hurtado, Coquimbo, Chile
Damian Peach (used with permission)
A moonrise over Los Angeles
Moonrise over Los Angeles © Sean Goebel An alignment of the moon, mountain and iconic skyline of
† [+] Los Angeles after a winter storm on December 18, 2021. Taken with Sony ILCE-7M3 camera, 324mm f/8, ISO 200, 1/60 second exposure Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
The winning images can be seen from Saturday 17 September in an exhibition in the Maritime Museum, alongside a selection of special nominated images.
I wish you a clear sky and big eyes.
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