30 of the best astronomy photographs that are out of this worldJune 7, 2022
Just how good do you think you are at taking a picture of the night sky? That’s the question thousands asked themselves when they entered the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, showcases the best astronomy photos that capture the beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos, the vast galaxies millions of light-years away, and the night sky taken much closer to home.
Over the years, thousands of spectacular images have been submitted from over 60 countries across the globe in the competition’s main categories.
Those categories include everything from photographing the sun, the planets, galaxies, the moon, and even aurorae.
There are also two special prizes: The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer is awarded to the best photo by an amateur astrophotographer who has taken up the hobby in the last year and who has not entered an image into the competition before, and Robotic Scope, acknowledges the best photo taken using one of the increasing number of computer-controlled telescopes at prime observing sites around the world which can be accessed over the internet by members of the public.
The overall winner receives a large cash prize and runners-up get a payout too.
We’re rounding up some of the best images from the last few years for you to enjoy.