London Astronomical Landscapes Photo Contest Finalists Announced

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Finalists of the 13th Royal Observatory of Greenwich Astronomical Photography Competition in London have been announced.

In their photographs, the authors captured incredible views of different parts of the solar system, the galaxy and the universe.

The organizers of the competition received more than 4.5 thousand applications from 75 countries. Photos of the winners will be on display at London's National Maritime Museum from 18 September. Here are the pictures that made it to the final.

Sh2-308 . Yovin Yahatugoda , Sri Lanka

This is one of the photographer's favorite shots, in which the author was able to capture how the interstellar winds formed this ideal space bubble in outer space. This bubble surrounds the Wolf-Rayet star.

Harmony . Stefan Liebermann, Germany

The picture captures the mesmerizing panorama of the Milky Way over lavender fields in Valensole, France.

Icelandic vortex . Larrin Ray, Newly Single Zealand I

This is a panorama of the Northern Lights in Iceland, consisting of 20 images. The photographer stumbled upon a river mouth that perfectly reflects the sky on a frosty winter night. He first captured a panoramic view and then photographed himself on the ice.

Luna Park . Ed Hirst , Australia

This huge face arch forms the entrance to Amusement Park in Sydney. The photographer took thousands of shots showing the movement of the stars and stitched them together to show the pattern of time.

Moonrise over Jodrell Bank . Matt Naylor, UK

The photographer has long dreamed of capturing the moon and the world's largest telescope B. Lovell at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. This required finding a site with a good view and capturing the moon at the correct time.

NGC 2024 – Nebula P lamya. Stephen More, Australia

The Flame Nebula is an emission nebula in the constellation Orion, located up to 1.5 thousand light years from Earth. The star Alnitak is the easternmost star in the constellation Orion (pictured in the left corner) and emits ultraviolet light into the nebula.

NGC 3981 . Bernard Miller, USA

NGC 3981 is a galaxy in the constellation Chalice, located 65 million light years from Earth in the constellation Crater. This somewhat blurry appearance is due to the fact that the outer arms are torn apart by gravitational interaction with the neighboring galaxy.

Part of the full moon over a sleeping city. Ramy Leblanc-Messager, France

The photographer wanted to show the trajectory of the moon in that picture, dividing space into the human world and the sky. The woman on the rooftop seems to symbolize the connection between Paris and the sky.

Sisters of the Pleiades, Jashanpreet Singh Dingra, India

This image captures the sparkling stars seen in winter in India.

The Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, are an open cluster of hot, middle-aged Type B stars in the northwestern constellation of Taurus.

Saturn at its best. Damian Peach, UK

This picture shows Saturn and its ring system in detail. The famous polar hexagon is visible at the bottom around the pole. other parts of the planet are also clearly visible.

Star Trek over the skyline of Lujiazui city . Duning Kai , China

This image shows the star trails over the city of Lujiazui in Pudong, China. Orion's Belt can even be discerned. The photographer took this picture on a very clear autumn night.

Astrologer. Yang Suchi, China

The photographer was driving along a mountain road and, turning around a bend, saw an embankment on the right side of the road. He stopped, climbed on it, installed a camera on a machine and then drove several times along this bend in the road. Then he climbed the hill and inserted himself into the image.

Sunrise in the Magic City. Jiajun Hua, China

This picture was taken 16 km from Shanghai's Lujiazui financial district. Each year there are only a few weeks during which photographers can capture such shots of the sun rising over the Central Business District.

This photo consists of four shots from the same vantage point as the photographer captured the sunrise in this way.

Comet 2020F8 SWAN's extremely active ionic tail . Gerald Riemann , Austria

This photo shows a comet leaving a powerful tail of gas. The difficulty of such a photograph is not only to capture a rapidly moving comet against a background of stars, but also to take into account the rapidly changing structure of gas during exposure.

Soul Space (close-up of the nebula Soul) Cush Chandar, UK I

The Soul Nebula is one of those incredible targets, which always has incredible structures and details to discover wherever you point your telescope. After 14 hours of exposure, details and structures began to appear deep within the nebula.

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