Astronomy

September 16, 2021

Dazzling Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest

A photograph of the annular solar eclipse taken in Tibet has been awarded the top prize at the prestigious Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards. Chinese photographer Shuchang Dong came away with the award in the 13th iteration of the contest, which celebrates the artistry of astrophotography. “Powerful, dramatic, and profound in its simplicity,” said competition judge Jon Culshaw. “This image constantly draws the eye back to it, away from all others.

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July 23, 2021

Dual Photos Show the ISS and the Chinese Space Station Transiting the Sun

Using a solar telescope and a hydrogen filter, Chinese astrophotographer Wang Letian was able to capture some incredible frames of the Sun. But these are no ordinary images. In fact, the pair shows the solar transits of two space stations—the International Space Station and China's new Tiangong Space Station. Seen in silhouette, the space stations appear as small specks next to the enormous Sun.

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July 9, 2021

Massive 2.2-Gigapixel Photo of the Milky Way Captured in One Night

Polish astrophotographer Bartosz Wojczyński loves a challenge and he gave himself a big one while visiting the Tivoli Astro Farm in Namibia. In just one night, he went about capturing a 2.2-gigapixel photo of the Milky Way without using a specialized astrophotography camera. The result is a dazzling image that lets viewers drink in the details of our galaxy.

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June 14, 2021

NASA Releases Incredible Photos of This Weekend’s “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse

The “Ring of Fire” annular eclipse happened over the weekend, but unless you happened to be in a remote part of northern Canada or Greenland, you missed out on the full experience. But the good news is that even a partial solar eclipse is quite spectacular. If you aren't convinced by that, let NASA photographers Bill Ingalls and Aubrey Gemignani change your mind.

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