The third annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has received more than 700 spectacular pictures that were taken from different areas by amateur and professional photographers. The winners in four categories and three special awards of the competition will be announced on September 8, 2011. Before the important event, let's take a look at some entries competing for the prizes.
“Yosemite Falls Moonbow Star Trails” by Jeffrey Sullivan
This picture is taken as the light of the full moon creates a lunar rainbow in the mist of Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California on 11 July 2011. These rainbows only happen if the moon is full, the waterfall is flowing strongly enough to produce droplets of mist, and the two line up in the perfect position.
The picture is taken by photographer Jeffrey Sullivan
“Equinox” by Juan Carlos Casado
Juan Carlos Casado’s image captures the Earth’s rotation from the vantage point of Ecuador on the day of the Equinox in 2010
“Orion Nebula Area” by Fabian Neyer
A picture taken by Fabian Neyer shows dark clumps of interstellar dust and swirling pink clouds of hydrogen gas filling a dynamic part of the sky
“Living in the Universe” by Fredrik Broms
A panorama over the island of Kvaloya in Norway with a variety of different astronomical objects and phenomena is captured on 10 March 2011
“MangaiaOePan” by Tung Tezel
The southern Milky Way is seen over the hilltops lined with palm trees outside the village of Oneroa on the Cook Islands, 7 July 2010
“Hayabusa over the Sky II” by Kouji Ohnishi
The Hayabusa spacecraft capsule, which was launched in 2003 on a mission to visit the asteroid Itokawa, is viewed over Southern Australia on 13 June 2010
“Annapurna Sanctuary” by Anton Jankovoy
Star trails above the Annapurna mountain range in the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal are seen on 2 July 2011
“Aurora Star Trails” by Stewart Watt
A unique picture taken by Stewart Watt from the back door of an engineering shop shows the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, over Halkirk in the Scottish Highlands. The green glow of the aurora is produced by oxygen atoms high in the atmosphere
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Studying materials on education, Eric Giguere prefers reading and writing. In his spare time, Eric often joins literature clubs to share his interest with others.