(ORDO NEWS) — The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is an annual entry for the best photographers from around the world, with more than 3,000 entries this year.
And although the winners will be announced only in September, we can already look at the best works of the shortlist.
Icelandic Saga, Carl Gallagher
An Icelandic Saga, Carl Gallagher
Location: Patreksfjordur village, Iceland
The photo was taken in Iceland back in 2021. Aurora borealis with a ghost ship in the background is the culmination of Carl Gallagher’s 2,500 mile journey.
As the photographer himself recalls, working on the fjords was a great experience for him. Incredible luck to simultaneously see a rusting whaling ship, forgotten on the beach, and a green glow, which momentarily appeared from under the clouds. “Clouds usually annoy me,” Gallagher notes. “But here they add a certain drama to the shot.”
Sunshine Hell, Stuart Green
Solar Inferno, Stuart Green
Location: Preston, UK
The Sun is an extremely attractive object of study for both enthusiastic amateur astronomers and professional scientists.
A red-hot star is constantly changing, spots suddenly appear on its surface and powerful bursts of energy occur. All these processes become visible to our eye thanks to photo filters.
This image was taken using a refractor (optical telescope) at f/34, with filters to highlight the H-alpha line, which is used by astronomers to detect hydrogen in nebulae.
About 2500 frames were stitched together and colored, which helped to create the effect of a fiery glow in the picture.
Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard), Lionel Mayzik
Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard), Lionel Majzik
Location: Hakos Observatory, Namibia
Lionel Mizik captured the flight of the most impressive comet of 2021. The image was taken with the 200mm robotic telescope at the Skygems Observatory in Namibia.
As Mayzik admitted, cloudy weather prevented the photo shoot, but the astrophotographer still managed to catch a glimpse of comet Leonard leaving the solar system.
IC1871: little devil riding a dragon, Binyu Wang
IC1871: A little devil riding on the head of a dragon, Binyu Wang
Soul is an emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. Its core is visible in the picture – dark dust clouds are highlighted by huge bubbles of gas formed by stellar winds.
To the east of the “Soul” is another open star cluster – “Heart”. Astronomers often call a complex of objects “Hearts and Souls” nebulae. Romantic, isn’t it?
Solar wind energy, Esa Pekka Isomursu
Solar Wind Power, Esa Pekka Isomursu
Location: Northern Ostrobothnia region, Finland
A wind turbine, followed by the bright light of the aurora: Esa Pekka Isomursu’s concept shot easily deceives the eye into an illusion. It seems that it is not the wind that causes the movement of the blades, but the strength of the light.
The photographer’s idea also has an environmental connotation: the name “Solar Wind Energy” seems to hint to humanity on the need to search for new renewable energy sources.
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