Largest amateur space photography contest selects candidates

According to officials at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, England, the judges of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 contest, which chooses the best amateur photographs in space, have already selected a few nominees for the award.


For the contest, which is the largest international competition of its kind, more than 5,200 amateur space photographers from nearly 70 countries sent photos of bright lights in the sky of the Arctic, vibrant clouds of dust and gas in a distant nebula, craters on the lunar surface, among other aspects of the vast universe.

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One of the pre-selected images; nebula glows in color. Image: Mario Cogo

Among the photos pre-selected for the prize, there are images of active regions on the solar surface, stellar explosions, a star with a desert landscape and Saturn coming out like a core of three from the Moon. The judges will then choose a single overall winner and nine others winners for the categories: Auroras; People and Space; Our Sun; Our Moon; Planets, Comets and Asteroids; Stars and Nebulae; Galaxies; and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year, for photographers aged 16 or under.

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One of the pre-selected images; Saturn appears behind the Moon. Image: Andy Casely

“Astronomy is one of the most accessible sciences, and everyone has looked at the night sky at one time or another and wondered what’s in the cosmos,” said Emily Drabek-Maunder, an astronomer at the Greenwich Royal Observatory and one of the contest judges. “Astrophotography fills the gap between art and science, highlighting the natural beauty of our universe,” he added.

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The winners will be announced on September 10 and will have their photos displayed at the Greenwich National Museum, also in London, starting in October.

Jpiter will be visible to the naked eye today (14)

For those who, like amateur photographers, like to observe the wonders of the universe, here’s a suggestion: Jpiterser the great highlight in the sky this Tuesday night (14). The planet will be in opposition to the Sun, which means that it is at the point of its trajectory where it appears the brightest for us. The phenomenon gains a “strength” because Jpiter is also in danger, that is, the point of its orbit where it is closest to Earth.

The planet can be easily seen with the naked eye. It looks like a bright star and appears on the horizon, close to the East, from 6 pm and reaches its highest point in the sky at 12:18 am on the 15th, when you must look for it to the south.

Via: Live Science

 

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