See: Celestial bodies become stars on camera

Posted by Lucinda Dordley on 2 November 2018

Looking up at the star-lit night sky often reminds us that concerns such as bills, work schedules and dinnertime plans mean nothing when compared to the vast scale of the cosmos.

Although our terrestrial worries often keep us firmly grounded, the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has opened our eyes to the beauty of celestial bodies, and reminds us that in the grand scheme of things, these worries are minuscule.

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 10th year and honours the most captivating pictures of space, planets and stars.

This year’s competition received more than 4,200 entries from more than 91 countries across the globe. Below are the 11 winning pictures:


People and Space and Overall Winner – Transport the Soul © Brad Goldpaint


Our Sun Winner – Sun King, little King, and God of War
© Nicolas Lefaudeux


Galaxies Winner – NGC 3521 – Mysterious Galaxy © Steven Mohr



Our Moon Winner – Inverted colours of the boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquilitatis
© Jordi Delpeix Borrell


Aurorae Winner – Speeding on the Aurorae Lane
© Nicolas Lefaudeu


Stars and Nebulae Winner – Corona Australis Dust Complex
© Mario Cogo


Stars and Nebulae Winner – Corona Australis Dust Complex
© Mario Cogo


Robotic Scope Prize Winner – Two comets with the Pleiades
© Damian Peach


Planets, Comets and Asteroids Winner – The Grace of Venus
© Martin Lewis


The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer Winner – Galaxy Curtain Call
© Tianhong Li


Young Competition Winner – Great autumn morning
© Fabian Dalpiaz


Pictures: Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018

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