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Here are the Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners

The three enchanting images below, showcasing the simple beauty of space, have taken top prizes in this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, organised by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

Shuchang Dong was the competition’s overall winner for his picture, The Golden Ring, taken during an annular solar eclipse in June 2020. Dong captured this rare and fleeting shot from Ali, Tibet, as the sun, moon and Earth aligned. Annular eclipses occur when the moon moves in front of the sun, but appears smaller than our star, resulting in a bright ring of light.

Annular solar eclipse captured in Ali, Tibet

The Golden Ring © Shuchang Dong

The image shown below was taken by Nicolas Lefaudeux, who won in the category Our Moon. Called Beyond the Limb, it shows the subtle crescent of Venus rising above the horizon of the moon.

Venus and moon

The lunar horizon is crowned with Venus, appearing as a crescent

Beyond the Limb © Nicolas Lefaudeux

At the bottom of this page is Family Photo of the Solar System by 15-year-old Zhipu Wang, who won the Young competition category. Wang created this composite image of the planets in the solar system (except Earth), framed by the sun and moon.

planets of the solar system

The sun, the moon and the planets of the Solar System (except Earth)

Family Photo of the Solar System © Zhipu Wang

The winning images will be exhibited at the National Maritime Museum in London from 18 September.

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