Astronomy Photographer of the Year by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London, England.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London, England.

June 3, 2018
by Sophie Bentham-Wood | Arts & Culture
Astronomy Photographer of the Year by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London, England.

Each year since 2009, the Royal Observatory in London has invited entries in categories such as aurorae, galaxies, moon, sun, people and space, planets, comets and asteroids, skyscapes, and stars and nebulae.

In 2017, a judging panel comprised of curators, astronomers, and artists chose from 3,800 entries taken by astrophotographers from over 90 countries, providing a truly worldwide selection in each category.

Russian photographer Artem Mironov beat thousands of amateur and professional photographers from around the globe to win the title Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 and his image took pride of place in the exhibition of winning photographs at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and is one of the many astonishing photographs displayed in this dazzling exhibition.

The judges were enthralled by Mironov’s sumptuous image depicting the vibrant blues and pinks of the swirling dust and gas clouds in the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex, situated approximately 400 light years away from our planet. Taken over three nights from a farm in Namibia, Mironov has captured the sprawling stellar nursery that recent x-ray and infrared studies have revealed to be a home to a cluster of more than 300 protostars. Competition judge and Royal Observatory Public Astronomer, Dr Marek Kukula said: “There's an astonishing richness of color and structure in this gorgeous image. It’s a popular part of the sky for astrophotographers but this image shows it to us in a fresh light and there’s a sense of mystery in the churning clouds of gas and dust which reminds us that there’s still so much to discover out there. A dazzling corner of our galaxy captured perfectly”. 


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