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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Sun halo photographed by Sarah Gilligan (UK), aged 11. When you can only see arcs of the sun halo either side of the Sun, they're commonly called sun dogs. Sarah used the sign to block the direct sunlight as she took the picture. Appropriately, it says ‘No Dogs’. Sarah was Runner up in the 2009 competition. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon, by James Woodend, UK (2014). Overall winner and winner of "Earth & Space" In the background is the Vatnajökull Glacier. The pale-green glow of the aurora comes from oxygen atoms high in the atmosphere, energized by subatomic particles blasted out by the Sun. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Ripples in a Pond by Alexandra Hart, UK. (2014 Winner "Our Solar System") She thought that he "active region on the Sun resembled the imprint created when stones hit the surface of a pond." But this is a violent region several times the size of the Earth, and it's subject to intense forces. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Alexandra: solar addiction. Alexandra Hart had a winning photograph in the 2014 competition and another that was Highly Commended. She tells about her obsession with the Sun. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Hybrid Solar Eclipse 2, by Eugen Kamenew, Germany. People & Space winner. The eclipse began as an annular eclipse at sunrise, but it became total as it crossed the Atlantic. By the time it reached Kenya the Sun was just emerging, creating the dramatic silhouette of the figure on the hill. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Horsehead Nebula by Bill Snyder, USA. Winner "Deep Space" in 2014. He used four different filters and a total exposure time of almost thirteen hours to get the image. In addition to the horsehead itself, we see the gas and dust at its base and the glow created by a bright star. One of the judges commented that "The detail beneath 
the horse’s head is astounding." Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

The Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) by Shishir and Shashank Dholakia (USA), aged 15. Winner "Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year". It shows the dark nebula (Barnard 33), the surrounding red emission nebula (IC 434) & the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024). Will Gater: ‘The star colours are beautifully controlled in this image.’ Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Shishir and Shashank: being two people. The twins talk about themselves and their interest in astronomy. Their photo of the Horsehead Nebula was the Winner of the Young Astronomy Photographer in 2014. Another of their images was Highly Commended. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Veil Nebula Detail (IC 1340) by J-P Metsävanio (Finland) Highly commended in "Deep Space", it shows a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus. You can see the shock fronts from the original explosion. If a shock wave encounters a molecular cloud it can trigger star formation. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Moon Behind the Trees by Emily Jeremy (UK), aged 12. This Highly Commended picture is a little gem. So simple, but so effective, as it links heaven and Earth. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Sun halo photographed by Sarah Gilligan (UK), aged 11. When you can only see arcs of the sun halo either side of the Sun, they're commonly called sun dogs. Sarah used the sign to block the direct sunlight as she took the picture. Appropriately, it says ‘No Dogs’. Sarah was Runner up in the 2009 competition.

Cave With Aurora Skylight by Ingólfur Bjargmundsson (Iceland). This image was taken in a lava cave in Iceland. In some areas the roof has caved in, so snow piles up in the winter time to create the snow peaks. The aurora at its peak gleams through the roof of the cave. (Sadly, not a winner.) Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Geminid Fireball. (Image: Patrick Cullis) Geminid Meteor Shower over the Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado on December 14, 2012. Orion marches across the sky toward the Pleiades and bright Jupiter inside of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Cullis won a prize in the competition, but not with this picture. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 shortlist: Eclipse and Old Faithful by Robert Howell (USA). I loved it, but it didn't make the final cut. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014" www.bellaonline.c...

"Cosmic Alignment" by Ignacio Diaz Bobillo was highly commended in "Our Solar System". It caught my eye even though only Comet Lemmon is a Solar System object. Diaz got it in the same frame with 47 Tucanae, a star cluster in our Galaxy, and the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. These objects represent three different scales in the cosmos. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" www.bellaonline.c...

23 Incredible Prize-Winning Astronomy Pictures

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Guiding LIght to the Stars. (Image: Mark Gee) Winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. Taken at Cape Palliser, NZ, on the right, a lighthouse. In the center, the Milky Way arching over the sky. To the left, the two nebulous figures are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds - satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" www.bellaonline.c...

The Best Damn Astronomy Photos You'll See This Year

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"The Waxing Crescent Moon" by Jacob Marchio (age 14). Highly commended in the Young Astronomy Photographer category. The image was taken three days after the new Moon. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" www.bellaonline.c...

"The Milky Way Galaxy" by Jacob Marchio (age 14), Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Beautiful detail of stars and dust lanes. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" www.bellaonline.c...

"Rho Ophiuchi and Antares Nebulae" by Tom O’Donoghue, runner-up in the Deep Space category. Dust in this complex star-forming region gives it a mysteriously misty appearance. The dark regions are opaque dusty areas. The colored regions are lit up by the energy of hot stars, either reflecting light off the dust or energizing the hydrogen gas. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" www.bellaonline.c...

"Celestial Impasto: Sh2–239" by Adam Block (USA). A dusty star-forming region in Taurus. The pink filaments show where emission from hot young stars excites hydrogen gas. And it really could be an expressionist painting. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" www.bellaonline.c...

"Icy Visitor" by Fredrik Broms. Highly commended in the "Earth and Space" category. Comet Panstarrs is seen alone in a cold blue sky above jagged snowy mountains in a Norwegian fjord. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" www.bellaonline.c...

"Green Energy" by Fredrik Broms. Runner-up in the "Earth and Space" category. A very dramatic aurora photograph which looks like a whirlpool in the sky. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" www.bellaonline.c...

"Moon Silhouettes" by Mark Gee. Winner of the "People in Space" category. In order to get the Moon looking so large compared to the people, Gee took this picture from over 2 km away. The golden color is typical of a Moon low on the horizon. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" www.bellaonline.c...

Omega Centauri by Ignacio Diaz Bobillo. Highly Commended in the 'Deep Space' category. This globular cluster, a is the largest one we can see. It was catalogued as a star by Ptolemy and until 1766 when Edmond Halley showed that it was nebular. Mona Evans, "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013" www.bellaonline.c...