The shortlist has been announced for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 awards.
More than 130 photos were shortlisted for the competition, conducted by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in conjunction with BBC Sky at Night Magazine. The competition, now in its eighth year, they received a record-breaking number of entrants, with more than 4500 entries from both amateurs and professional photographers from 80 countries.
These astronomy photographs aren’t limited to our planet, the milky way or the auroras. They include phenomenal shots of our Sun, Jupiter and the Lagoon Nebula (pictured above) located some 5,000 light years away. There are nine categories ranging from Skyscapes (astronomical subjects paired with earthly scenery) to People and Space. The winners will be announced on September 17 and the top prize is £10 000 (US ~$14,400). The shortlisted entries will be published in the competition’s official book that will be available in November.