These Are Some of the Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Last night, the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition announced its winners. The results, as you might expect, are astronomical. Here are a few of our favourites.

The image above, by Chap Him Wong from Hong Kong, won the People & Space category. It depicts Sunset Peak, Hong Kong’s third-highest mountain, with star trails looming behind.

Meanwhile, below is a shot of Comet/2014 E2 Jacques in the path of the spectacular NGC 896 Nebula by Lefteris Velissaratos from Greece. The judges pointed out that this is “a tough picture to do well because the comet moves relative to the background nebula.”

These Are Some of the Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year

The image below in fact won the Young Person’s competition. The shot of Comet Lovejoy, captured by 15-year-old George Martin from the UK, reveals its motion against the stars because the stars appear to trail.

These Are Some of the Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year

Finally, this picture of the 2015 solar eclipse as seen from Svalbard, by Luc Jamet of France, won the Skyscapes category. It’s a particularly beautiful image — eerie yet majestic.

These Are Some of the Best Astronomy Pictures of the Year

You can see more images from the competition on the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition website. It’s worth a look — they’re terrific.

All images are from the respective photographers and the Astronomy Photographer of the Year/National Maritime Museum.