The Winners for the Best Astronomy Photos of 2016 Have Been Revealed

Friday, 16 September 2016 - 11:15AM
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Friday, 16 September 2016 - 11:15AM
The Winners for the Best Astronomy Photos of 2016 Have Been Revealed
Each year, the Royal Observatory Greenwich chooses the most beautiful, informative, out-of-this world photos that captured the wonder of space. The winners for the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has just been announced, and they're even more breathtaking than we would have hoped.

The contest is open to submissions from around the globe, and chooses winners and runners-up in different categories, such as the Sun, the Moon, galaxies, planets/comets/asteroids, auroras, and more. This was the eighth year of the competition, and they received a record number of submissions: 4,500 entries from 80 countries, compared to only 1,700 in 2014.

The overall winner, which is also the winner for "Our Sun," can be seen above. It was taken by Indonesian photographer Yu Jun, and depicts Baily's Beads, an amazing phenomenon that takes place during a solar eclipse:

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"The Baily's beads effect is a feature of total solar eclipses," the photographer explained. "As the Moon passes the Sun during a solar eclipse, the rugged lunar limb allows beads of sunlight to shine through in some places, and not in others. I took a series of photos of the total solar eclipse of 2016, in Luwuk Indonesia, and stacked them with software to show the Baily's beads."
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In this video, the judges discuss the overall winner, and the "wow factor" that led to its selection:


Here are some highlights from the winners, runners-up, and the highly commended. You can see the full list of winners here













Cover image credit: Yu Jun/Royal Observatory Greenwich's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition/National Maritime Museum

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