The best pictures of the Universe: the jury summed up the results of the astrophotography competition

The Royal Observatory's famous Greenwich Astronomy Photo Awards has been running for 13 years. Itself

the observatory was founded in 1675. It has become the center of several scientific discoveries.

This year's Grand Prize went to photographer Shuchan Dong for his deceptively simple photo of a Solar Eclipse. The photo was taken in Tibet during a total solar eclipse in mid-2020.

“This image demonstrates more than beautyand the simplicity of an eclipse, but also the science behind this astronomical event, ”explains Emily Darbeck-Maunder, one of the judges of this year's competition.

Fujifilm XT-4 camera. Sun: 386mm f / 10 lens, ISO 160, shutter speed 1/2000 second. Moving cloud: ND1000 filter, 386mm f / 16 lens, ISO 160, 1 second exposure. Shuchan Dong

In the category "Aurora Borealis" wonmemorable shot by photographer Dmitry Rybalka. Judge Sue Pritchard said the picture, taken from a moving ship approaching the Kara Strait in Russia, resembles an opening scene from a science fiction movie.

Sony ILCE-7M3 camera, 28 mm f / 2.8 lens, ISO 100, exposure 25 seconds.
Dmitry Rybalka

Another winner, this time in the categoryGalaxies is a 360-degree mosaic of the Milky Way by Chinese photographer Zhong Wu. Wu spent two years assembling the image from 1,000 separate images taken in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres.

The winner is Galaxies. Milky ring ... Sichuan and Qinghai, China; Lake Pukaki, New Zealand. Nikon D810a camera, 40mm f / 1.4 lens, ISO 8000, shutter speed 1000 x 6 seconds
Zhong Wu

“This cosmic circle is one of the mostbreathtaking pictures that we have seen this year, - said Judge Imad Ahmed. "The dedication of the photographer is also to be applauded, who took almost two years to put together this image."

Planewave CDK 17-inch telescope with f / aperture6.8, Astrodon filters, Software Bisque Paramount ME mount, SBIG STXL-11002 camera, L-RGB-Ha composite, total exposure 27.5 hours. Nicholas Rolland and Martin Pugh

Hiteck Editors' Choice - Photo taken in the Coquimbo region, Chile. Photo taken by Nicholas Rolland and Martin Pugh. The exposure of this frame took more than a day.

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