Out of this world images of the stars showcased in photography competition

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Dramatic images of galaxies, moons and auroras have been showcased in a prestigious photography competition.

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year (IAPY) features the world’s best extraterrestrial photography.

The contest, created by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, includes photography in nine categories, including skyscapes, galaxies and comets.

There were more than 3,800 entries to the competition, which is now in its ninth year, and photographers are drawn from 91 countries.

Overall winner Artem Mironov, a Russian photographer, will receive £10,000 for his picture of the Rho Ophiuchi Clouds.

The cloud complex is known as ‘Rho Oph’ and is named after a bright star.

About 14 light years across and located some 460 light years away it is one of the closest star-forming regions to the solar system.

The image was taken at a farm in Namibia over three nights.

The winners of the IAPY competition were displayed at a free weekend exhibition at the Royal Observatory.

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Winner in Aurorae category, Ghost World. Pic: Mikkel Beiter
Winner in Our Sun Category, Mercury Rising. Pic: Alexandra Hart
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Winner in Our Sun Category, Mercury Rising. Pic: Alexandra Hart

Blue Tycho. Pic: László Francsics
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Winner in Our Moon category, Blue Tycho. Pic: László Francsics
Winner of the Robotic Scope category, Encounter of Comet and Planetary Nebula. Pic: Gerald Rhemann
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Winner of the Robotic Scope category, Encounter of Comet and Planetary Nebula. Pic: Gerald Rhemann
Skyscapes category winner, Passage to the Milky Way. Pic: Haitong Yu
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Winner in Skyscapes category, Passage to the Milky Way. Pic: Haitong Yu
M63 Star Streams and the Sunflower Galaxy. Pic: Oleg Bryzgalov
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Winner in Galaxies category, M63 Star Streams and the Sunflower Galaxy. Pic: Oleg Bryzgalov



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