Astronomy photography of the year: Royal Observatory reveals best space photos


Hungarian photographer László Francsics has won the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s title of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019. The photographer scooped the top prize of £10,000 with his out-of-this world image detailing the 35 phases of January’s lunar eclipse.

Fracsics’ image astounded the panel, with judge Ed Robinson saying, “For a single multiple-exposure image to capture this even with such positional precision, creative innovation and beauty is nothing short of masterful.

“The colours of our atmosphere projected onto the Moon’s disc during the eclipse are not only artistically pleasing, but also offer an understanding of such events that can reveal aspects of our own, thin, yet essential part of our atmosphere.”

Other winning images include a photo of the Rosette Nebula, taken by Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year winner Davy dan der Hoeven.

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Aged just 11, Mr dan der Hoeven built the equipment necessary for the photo with his father.

Together they captured images of the Rosette Nebula over three nights in November using different filters.

Judge Mr Robinson added: “In a year that celebrates 50 years since the first lunar landings it is fitting that this year’s overall winning image captures such a dynamic and captivating view of our Moon.

“A worthy winner indeed”.

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Other winning photos included a panorama taken from the top of the mountain Offersøykammen, an adorable image of a man with his dog surrounded by Mars, Saturn and the Milky Way, and a beautiful sequence of images of Mars.

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The Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night magazine.

In its eleventh year, the competition received a record number of over 4,600 entries from 90 countries around the world.

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The images from this years competition, including the winners, runners-up and highly commended of each category and 68 shortlisted photos, will appear in the major special exhibition Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

Held at the National Maritime Museum, the exhibition is now open to the public.

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