Globular clusters are favourite targets for amateur astronomers, vast star swarms that date back to just after the big bang birth of the cosmos. NGC 6397 is one of the closest, as revealed by the Hubble Space Telescope.
This breathtaking image of the Northern Lights over Norway’s Lofoten Islands taken by Nicolai Brügger has won the top prize in the aurorae category of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array captures the glowing tentacle-like tail of molecular debris streaming away in the wake of a spiral galaxy as it plows through the gas permeating an enormous galactic cluster.
Hungarian photographer László Francsics’ composite image of a total lunar eclipse was declared winner of the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 and is now on display at a special exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
From its perch in orbit around Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft routinely provides stunning views of the giant planet’s turbulent atmosphere and the Great Red Spot. But a jaw-dropping close-range look at Io’s shadow during an eclipse is yet another show stopper.
The European Southern Observatory’s VISTA telescope captures a stunning near-infrared view of the Large Magellanic Cloud in a survey to characterize the dwarf galaxy’s structure, stellar population and dynamics.