Elon Musk has his way in the near future, most of us probably aren’t going to get to go to space. But that doesn’t mean we can’t admire it from afar.
On Sunday, London’s Royal Museums Greenwich unveiled the winners (and the runners up) of the
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020. The competition has been running for 12 years now, and this year saw over 5,000 entries from six continents.
From the dancing lights of the aurorae to our swirling neighbour, the Andromeda Galaxy, and with titles provided by the photographers, here are the top of the crop in their respective categories…
Highly commended: ‘Iceland’ by Kristina Makeeva.
Runner-up: ‘Lone Tree under a Scandinavian Aurora’ by Tom Archer.
Winner: ‘The Green Lady’ by Nicholas Roemmelt.
Winner: ‘Waves’ by Bence Toth.
Highly commended: ‘Attack on the Large Magellanic Cloud’ by Juan-Carlos Munoz-Mateos.
Image: Juan-Carlos Munoz-Mateos
Runner-up: ‘NGC 3628 with 300,000 Light Year Long Tail’ by Mark Hanson.
Winner and overall winner: ‘Andromeda Galaxy at Arms Length’ by Nicolas Lefaudeux.
Highly commended: ‘Moon Base’ by Daniel Koszela.
Runner-up: ‘HDR Partial Lunar Eclipse With Clouds’ by Ethan Roberts.
Winner: ‘Tycho Crater Region with Colours’ by Alain Paillou.
Highly commended: ‘Ultraviolet’ by Alan Friedman.
Runner-up: ‘145 Seconds of Darkness’ by Filip Ogorzelski.
Winner: ‘Liquid Sunshine’ by Alexandra Hart.
People and space
Highly commended: ‘AZURE Vapor Tracers’ by Yang Sutie.
Runner-up: ‘Observe the Heart of the Galaxy’ by Tian Li.
Winner: ‘The Prison of Technology’ by Rafael Schmall.
Planets, comets, and asteroids
Highly commended: ‘The Ghost of Alnilam and a Near Earth Asteroid’ by Robert Stephens.
Runner-up: ‘In the Outer Reaches’ by Martin Lewis.
Winner: ‘Space Between Us…’ by Łukasz Sujka.
Highly commended: ‘Voice of the Universe’ by Weijian Chen.
Runner-up: ‘Desert Magic’ by Stefan Liebermann.
Winner: ‘Painting the Sky’ by Thomas Kast.
Stars and nebulae
Highly commended: ‘The Misty Elephant’s Trunk’ by Min Xie.
Runner-up: ‘The Dolphin Jumping out of an Ocean of Gas’ by Connor Matherne.
Winner: ‘Cosmic Inferno’ by Peter Ward.
Runner-up: ‘Detached Prominences’ by Thea Hutchinson.
Winner: ‘The Four Planets and the Moon’ by Alice Fock Hang.
Tickets for the 2020 exhibition are
available from Sept 14. via the Royal Museum Greenwich website, if you happen to be in London. Otherwise, find the biggest screen you can.