Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist selection: Uluru under the Milky Way. Picture: Toi Wu Yip (Hong Kong) Taken on the photographer’s first visit to Uluru, it was winter in the Southern Hemisphere and the sky had turned dark before the closing of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. After all the other tourists left once they had finished watching the famous Uluru sunset, the photographer was left alone wait for the night show to start. Eventually the Milky Way came out and appeared above the giant red rock; the sky was so clear that some airglow could be seen above the horizon. Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia, 7 July 2016
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist selection: Mr Big Dipper. Picture: Nicholas Roemmelt (Denmark) A stargazer observes the constellation of the Big Dipper perfectly aligned with the window of the entrance to a large glacier cave in Engadin, Switzerland. This is a panorama of two pictures, and each is a stack of another two pictures: one for the stars and another one for the foreground, but with no composing or time blending.
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist selection: Reflection . Picture:Beate Behnke (Germany) The reflection in the wave ripples of Skagsanden beach mirrors the brilliant green whirls of the Aurora Borealis in the night sky overhead. To obtain the effect of the shiny surface, the photographer had to stand in the wave zone of the incoming flood, and only when the water receded very low did the opportunity to capture the beautiful scene occur. Skagsanden, Lofoten, Norway, 28 October 2016
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist selection: Beautiful Trømso . Picture: Derek Burdeny (USA) The aurora activity forecast was low for this evening, so the photographer remained in Tromsø rather than driving to the fjord. The unwitting photographer captured Nature’s answer to a stunning firework display as the Northern Lights dance above a rainbow…
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