Astronomy Photography

Incredible Images From The Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2016 Shortlist

One of the biggest international competition Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year is showcasing every year incredible images captured by astrophotographers worldwide. The competition is now in its eighth year and a record number of more than 4500 entries were received from astrophotographers in over 80 countries.

The Baily’s Beads – work of Chinese photographer Yu Jun has won in both categories Our Sun and overall award, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the year 2016. Baily’s beads come from the specks of light that appear around the Moon during a total eclipse of the Sun, a phenomenon first explained by 19th Century astronomer Francis Baily.

astronomy photographer 1Photograph: Yu Jun

Here are other winning images from this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-2Photograph: Catalin Beldea and Alson Wong
astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-8Photograph: Ainsley Bennett
astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-9Photographer: Gyorgy Soponyai
astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-10Photograph: Kolbein Svensson
astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-3Photograph: Jordi Delpeix Borrell
astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-4Photograph: Damian Peach
astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-11Photograph: Dani Caxete
astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-12Photograph: Pavel Pech
astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-5Photograph: Gerald Rhemann
astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-6Photograph: Nicolas Outters



astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-13Photograph: Brendan Devine

astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2016-14Photograph: Carlos Fairbairn


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