Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

• Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018

The largest international competition astrophotography which are submitted annually phenomenal shots of the night sky and the universe. Pictures capture fantastic views of the starry sky, distant galaxies, the mysterious nebulae and colorful landscapes.

The competition was set up ten years ago, the Royal Greenwich Observatory, and still remains the largest event in astrophotography.

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

The Northern Lights in the Barents Sea. (Photo by Michael Zav'yalov):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

The Shining Earth. Eclipse. (Photo by Peter Ward):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

Nebula Corona Australis - a bright reflection nebula 420 light years. It was created by several bright stars, locked in a dark dust cloud. This section of the star that hosts a cluster of young stars. Accommodates 3 nebulous region: NGC 6726, NGC 6727 and NGC 6729. Here, the first two are seen. (Photo by Mark Hanson, Warren Keller, Steve Mazlin, Rex Parker, Tommy Tse, David Plesko, Pete Proulx):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

Rigel and the Witch Head reflection nebula IC 2118 in the constellation of the Southern Crown. (Photo by Mario Cog):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

The surface of the moon. (Photo by Nicolas Lefaudeux):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

Auroras occur mainly in the high latitudes of both hemispheres in oval zones, zones surrounding the magnetic poles of the Earth - the auroral ovals. The diameter of the auroral oval is about 3000 km during a quiet sun. (Photo by Mikkel Beiter):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

The Milky Way and the Dolomites. (Photo by Carlos F Turienzo):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

The Milky Way over the most ancient trees in California. These trees can live more than 4,000 years. (Photo by Jez Hughes):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

Orion Nebula. It is the brightest diffuse nebula is located about 1344 light-years from Earth and is 33 light-years across. (Photo by Miguel Angel García Borrella and Lluis Romero Ventura):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

And the Earth is spinning! So look at the stars long exposure. This stellar tracks. (Photo by Jake Mosher):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

The journey to infinity. (Photo Jingpeng Liu):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

The Hidden Galaxy IC 342 - one of the largest galaxies visible from the northern hemisphere. Despite the fact that it is incredibly bright for its observations, astronomers have to look through a lot of material. As a result, IC 342, which is relatively difficult to characterize and portray received an intriguing nickname: "Hidden galaxy." (Photo by Tom O'Donoghue):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

The International Space Station on the solar disk with sunspots. (Photo by Dani Caxete):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

Milky Way Galaxy in New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Gee):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

Riot of colors and starry sky near Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Paul Wilson):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

Sunspot AR2665. Its diameter is 120 thousand kilometers. The spots are the result of disturbances and output in the photosphere separate sections of the magnetic field of the sun. They are darker surrounding background because colder. It stains provoke solar flares - the so-called coronary emissions. (Photo by Łukasz Sujka):

Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2018

In the competition was attended by 4,200 photos from photographers from 91 countries. The winner of the prestigious competition will be announced on October 24.