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Astronomy Photos 2018

 

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The 2018 winner of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. © Brad Goldpaint; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 

 

 

I have always been fond of Astronomy. If it were not for my lack of love for math, Astronomy would have been my field in life. Astronomy lets us know that there is much more beyond the sky. Forces us to realize that the everyday mundane trivial issues we have are small in the grand scheme of things. 

 

2018 marks the 10th year of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition. They boast “the most beautiful and spectacular images of space and the cosmos,” according to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, which hosts the contest. 11 winners were chosen. A grand total of 4,200 entries were submitted with 91 countries represented. The overall winner is shown above. The picture netted photographer Brad Goldpoint nearly $13,000 in prize money. 

 

 

The image below is of an active galaxy more than 25 million light-years from Earth, each color represents different ages of stars. Reds are ancient stars while blues reveal young, hot stars.  According to Judges “Even artists’ impressions of galaxies don’t come close to this.”

 

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“NGC 3521 – Mysterious Galaxy” was photographed from Victoria, Australia. © Copyright of Steven Mohr; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

 

 

This next photo below  is of a Total Solar Eclipse from 2017. To the left we see the bright star Regulus. To the right we see Mars. 

 

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“Sun King, little King, and God of War” was photographed from Unity, Oregon. © Nicolas Lefaudeux; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

 

These are several dishes designed to study the sun. It would appear in this photo they are actually monitoring the Milky Way.

 

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“Galaxy Curtain Call” was photographed from Ming’Antu, Mongolia. © Tianhong Li; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

 

 

A Central Nebula with dust and gas. We assure you this is not a 3D rendering and is an actual photo. Looks very unreal. 

 

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“Corona Australis Dust Complex” was photographed from Namibia. © Mario Cogo; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

 

 

 This photo was taken by a 15 year-old just before dawn. They captured the moon to the left and a shooting star off to the right. Looks like an incredibly detailed painting. 

 

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“Great autumn morning” was photographed from Italy. © Fabian Dalpiaz; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

 

Next are photos of runners up. This one in particular is of the Total Eclipse. Was photographed over 4 hours. 

 

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“Eclipsed Moon Trail” was photographed from Hebei Province, China. © Chuanjin Su; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

 

This photo won what was called the “highly commended” recognition. It shows the Lambda Centauri Nebula: a nursery for young stars located about 5,900 light-years form Earth.

 

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“Thackeray’s Globules in Narrowband Colour” was photographed from Auckland, New Zealand. © Rolf Wahl Olsen; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

 

Rigel — the seventh-brightest star in the sky, and part of the Orion constellation. This runner up photo shows the Witch Head Nebula. 

 

 

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“Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula” was photographed from Namibia. © Mario Cogo; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

 

In this runner-up picture, moonlight illuminates a field while auroras in the background glow behind the hills.

 

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“Castlerigg Stone Circle” was photographed from Cumbria, UK. © Matthew James Turner; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

 

View of the “Sea of Tranquility” on the moon, where astronauts landed in July 1969. One judge said the colors reveal “qualities of the moon’s soil and contouring, which is at once incredibly beautiful, abstract and highly informative.”

 

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“Inverted colors of the boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquilitatis” was photographed from Barcelona, Spain. © Jordi Delpeix Borrell; Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

 

What are your thoughts on these amazing Astronomy photos?  Some of these are just so surreal. The human experience is vast and we haven’t even scratched the surface. Let’s discuss. 

 

 

 

 

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