27/07/2016 11:57 BST | Updated 27/07/2016 11:57 BST

Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2016 Shortlist Pictures


Michael Jäeger

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has been running for eight years now and yet every year we seem to find a set of pictures that still leave us breathless.

The 2016 shortlist has been announced and true to form, this year’s collection of space pictures are utterly stunning.

See also:
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 Shortlist
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Shortlist
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 Shortlist

From incredible nightscapes to vast nebulas this shortlist was compiled from a staggering 4500 entries taken by everyone from amateurs to professional photographers.

Thanks to the advancements in imaging technology and the reduction in costs more people than ever are pointing their lenses at the sky and capturing the astonishing universe that lies above us.

From capturing storms on the surface of Jupiter to the glowing tangle of filaments that make up Pickering’s Triangle, the evidence of a vast supernova explosion.

So without much further ado, here are the astonishing pictures in all their glory

  • 14
    Stephen Voss
    Auroral Nuggets
  • 13
    Richard Inman
    Antarctic Space Station
  • 12
    Rick Whitacre
    Between the Rocks
  • 11
    Tommy Richardson
    Crystal Brilliance
  • 10
    Nicholas Roemmelt
    Frozen Giant
  • 9
    Philippe Jacquot
    ISS under Venus and the Moon
  • 8
    Ivan Eder
    M8 Lagoon Nebula
  • 7
    Giles Rocholl
    The northern lights illuminate the lagoon at Jokulsarlon, Iceland photo tour, February 2016
  • 6
    Sean Goebel
    Parallel Mountains
  • 5
    Lee Cook
  • 4
    Katherine Young
    Rise Lunation
  • 3
    Rune Engebø
    Seven Magic Points
  • 2
    Melanie Thorne
    The Diamond Ring
  • 1
    Michael Jäeger
    The Disconnection Event