The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this year’s international astronomy photography competition. This year the competition received a record 1700 entries, with images sent by astrophotographers in over 50 countries, and for the first time with a submission taken from the edge of space! The winner of the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year award fell into the latter category, as 15-year-old American twins Shishir and Shashank Dholakia won for their image of the Horsehead Nebula 1,500 light-years away from Earth. The photographs show a beautiful and diverse array of astronomical highlights from the last two years.
The observatory’s annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space.