Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist reveals amazing images of space

The shortlist for the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s competition Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 has been announced and the images will take your breath away.

Amateur and professional photographers alike sent in over 4,200 spectacular entries from 91 countries across the world.

The shortlisted pictures include a magical mosaic of the Great Orion and the Running Man Nebula, a stunning depiction of the Aurora Borealis exploding over the south coast of Iceland and a solar transit of the International Space Station.

The winners will be announced on 23rd October 2018 and the exhibition opens on 24th October 2018 at the National Maritime Museum. Successful finalists will be awarded in the competition’s nine categories along with the overall winner and two special prizes.

Take a look at a selection of the shortlisted photographs here…

Thunderstorm Under Milky Way

Thunderstorm under milky way © Tianyuan Xiao
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