The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

• The winners astrophotographer year 2014

In September, announced the winners and nominees of the international competition of amateur astrophotography astrophotographer year. This year, everyone could participate in the competition. 1700 works from more than 50 countries have been accepted for consideration. The main categories in which winners were determined: "Earth and Space", "Our Solar System," "Deep Space" and "Young astrophotographer year." There were also special prizes: a prize named Patrick Moore's best newcomer, "People and space" and Robotic Scope.

The winner of the "Our Solar System". On this photograph taken in H-alpha rays, the sun is very active. Rise above the limb stars prominences, and left in the center of the picture is visible active region AR11974. Author Alexander Hart

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

The winner in the category of "Earth and Space" James Vudend from the UK introduced the competition picture aurora over the glacial lagoon in Iceland:

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

The Horsehead Nebula. This incredible beauty shot, vying for beauty and detail with photographs obtained at the largest observatories in the world, won the award for "Deep Space". Photos obtained by 17-inch telescope Planewave in Sierra Nevada

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

A special prize in the category Robotic Scope won American Mark Hanson with a very detailed image of the galaxy NGC 3718 in the constellation Ursa Major. In addition to the beautiful spiral thanks to many hours of exposure, and successful treatment in the photo was identified more than 5000 galaxies, the weakest of which are of 24th magnitude

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

Venus is covered by the Moon captured Korean astrophotographer About Chul Kwon. One day at dawn, the rising moon shut him bright Venus. Beautiful morning star disappeared behind the moon less than an hour. During this time, the author managed to make 5 shots of our satellite, then Venus appeared on the other side of the month. This photo took the 3rd place in the category of "Earth and Space"

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

A special prize to them. Patrick Moore, who awarded the best newcomer, went to Chris Murphy of New Zealand. Ancient rocks and clean up the southern sky with a beautiful landscape.

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) in the constellation of Aquarius - the brightest planetary nebula on the sky. This picture was taken the second place in the "Deep Space"

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

Star trails on the background of a wind farm. If you set the camera still and shutter open for a few minutes, the stars in the picture will turn from points in the dash. This happens because the Earth's rotation. Matt James from Australia, took a picture of star trails over a wind farm. Light rail masts illuminated rotating blades of wind turbines, which have merged into the picture shining halos around masts. The picture won second place in the category of "Earth and Space"

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

The total solar eclipse above the clouds. Romanian Catalin astrophotographer Belda arrived in Kenya for the observation of the solar eclipse. Unfortunately, on the day immediately prior to the eclipse of the weather deteriorated: begun powerful sandstorm, and after it - a thunderstorm. Fortunately, the pilot of the expedition decided to rise above the storm on the plane. As a result of the eclipse, full phase of which lasted only 10 seconds, it was caught by the open door of a small airplane.

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

A diamond ring and the chromosphere. During a total solar eclipse can be for a few minutes to see the upper layers of the solar atmosphere - chromosphere. The chromosphere is colder than the "surface" star is red. Usually it glow bright photosphere is completely blasted and watch it can only be through telescopes through special filters. In this image, the chromosphere is seen as beautiful even through the light clouds. Also impressive is the effect of a diamond ring - appeared from behind the lunar limb sunlight.

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014

The winner in the category of "Man and Space" was Eugene stone from Germany. His work depicts a solar eclipse, which took place in Kenya, November 3, 2013

The winners of the contest astrophotographer year 2014