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More than 4,200 photos were submitted to this year's Insight Investment Astronomy Photography of the Year contest, but only these 25 were shortlisted.

This annual competition, organized by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, is now in its tenth year. This year's shortlist includes a variety of topics, from the expansive Milky Way, to storms on Saturn, to glacier tongues and northern lights. If it has anything to do with space then everything is fine. This year's competition includes nine different categories and two special prizes. The winners will be announced on October 23, 2018.


A great Saturn from Avani Soares (Brazil)

Photographer Avani Soares stacks 4,000 frames to create these stunning images of Saturn, the second largest planet in our solar system.


AR 2665 and Quiescent Prominence by Łukasz Sujka (Poland)

Sunspot AR2665 was a very active region in 2017, which was particularly impressive dormant prominence– a glowing, looped plasma material that sticks out of the sun.


Aurora Borealis on the coast of the Barents Sea by Michael Zav & # 39; yalov (Russia)

A stunning photo of the Northern Lights taken near the village of Teriberka in the Murmansk Oblast district of Russia.


Cable Bay by Mark Gee (Australia)

The Grand Milky Way, as seen in Cable Bay near Nelson, New Zealand.


Caveman by Brandon Yoshizawa (USA)

In fighting light pollution in Malibu, California, photographer Brandon Yoshizawa managed to build the Milky Way in a sea cave 25 miles from the heart of downtown Los Angeles.


Color Full Moon by Nicolas Lefaudeux (France)

Our moon never looked as colorful as in this stunning photo by Nicolas Lefaudeux.


Daytime Moon by Helen Schofield (UK)

A glorious day image of the moon – you can almost reach and touch it. Photographer Helen Schofield captured this image in Malaga, Spain while vacationing with her children.


Deep Space by Dave Brosha (Canada)

The remarkable underside of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue in Iceland.


Earth Shine by Peter Ward (Australia)

During a solar eclipse, the brightness of the solar corona darkens the finer details of the moon.


Empyreal by Paul Wilson (USA)

More like unreal, A flamed Aurora as seen near Christchurch, New Zealand.


Expedition to the Infinity of Jingpeng Liu (USA)

Photographer Jingpeng Liu captured this exquisite shot of our galaxy in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. This panoramic view is a six-shot composite: three for the sky and three for the foreground.


First impressions of Casper Kentish (UK)

Oooh, scary moon. With the help of his grandfather and a new telescope he got on his birthday, photographer Casper Kentish photographed this photo with an iPad.


Guardian of Tre Cime by Carlos F. Turienzo (Spain)

A panoramic image composed of eight photos and showing the Milky Way emerging over the rocky Dolomites in Tre Crime, as seen on the left.


Guarding the Galaxy of Jez Hughes (UK)

A very impressive shot of the Inyo National Forest near the White Mountains in California. This image was taken when thunderstorms threatened the eastern sierras and left little time for long exposures.


Holding Due North by Jake Mosher (USA)

A weathered juniper tree grows in Montana's northern Rocky Mountains. The arc-shaped star trails rotate in this long-term shot to Polaris, the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor.


Ice Castle by Arild Heitmann (Norway)

The northern lights reflect greens and yellows on the snow, as seen in a tiny cave on Lake Torneträsk in Swedish Lapland.


Magic by Jingyi Zhang (Australia)

The aurora borealis breaking through the clouds and emerging over the mountains in Stokknes, Iceland. The pools between the dunes are made of melted snow and form a perfect foreground.


Mosaic of the Great Orion and Running Man Nebula by Miguel Angel García Borrella and Lluis Romero Ventura (Spain)

The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42 or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula located in the Milky Way south of the Orion Belt in the Orion constellation. It is located at 1,270 light-years distance and is one of the brightest nebulae (a star-forming region) in the night sky and is visible to the naked eye on a clear night.


Mark Hanson's NGC 6726 and NGC 6727, Warren Keller, Steve Mazlin, Rex Parker, Tommy Tse, David Plesko, Pete Proulx (USA)

Impressive. The vivid blues in this mist, located in the constellation Corona Australis, is breathtaking. The blue color is generated by the light of hot stars and reflected by silicate cosmic dust.


Rigel and the Witchhead Nebula by Mario Cogo (Italy)

The Witchhead Nebula and Rigel, seen from the Republic of Namibia in southern Africa.


Stars about Sacred Mongolian Ovoo by Qiqige Zhao (Australia)

Start trails sweep over colorful and extraordinary sacred altars, called Ovoo, in Mingantu, Inner Mongolia.


The Eagle Nebula by Marcel Drechsler (Germany)

A shot of the Eagle Nebula, also known as Messier 16, taken at the Baerenstein Observatory in Germany.


The neglected neighbor of Kfir Simon (Israel)

The big Horsehead nebula seems to look down on the often ignored nebula NGC 2023.


The Orion Nebula in 6-Filter Narrowband by Bernard Miller (USA)

The Orion Nebula, 1500 light-years away. For your photo freaks, this stunning image was created by combining 36 hours of total exposure with six different filters. Ha, SII, OIII, red, green and blue.


Thunderstorm under the Milky Way of Tianyuan Xiao (Australia)

Stars tower over a thunderstorm in Florida.

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