{Disarmed} These have been the 11 spectacular winning photos of the 2021 astronomical photography contest of the Royal Observatory Greenwich

These have been the 11 spectacular winning photos of the 2021 astronomical photography contest of the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Mid-September arrives and with it the results of the " Astronomy Photographer of the Year 202 1" contest that the Royal Observatory Greenwich organizes every year. It is one of the most interesting events for fans of astronomical photography , and after seeing the winners, it is easy to guess why.

The contest is divided into eight categories : "auroras", "galaxies", "our Moon", "our Sun", "people and space", "planets, comets and asteroids", "celestial landscapes" and "stars and nebulae" . Added to these are an award for young photographers, the Annie Maunder award for images processed with pre-existing data, and the Manju Mehrotra Family Trust Award for the best newcomer.

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Next we will review the winning photos of the general contest and of each category. If you want to see the previous editions, here are the 2020 , 2019 and 2018 ones . On the Royal Observatory Greenwich website you can also check the winners of all past editions .

The winning image, and the one at the top of this article, was taken by Suchang Dong. Its name is " The Golden Ring " and it shows an annular solar eclipse captured in the Ali region of Tibet on June 21, 2020.

Our Sun (and overall winner)

The Golden Ring Shuchang Dong The Golden Ring © Shuchang Dong

Aurora borealis

Polar Lights Dance - Dmitrii Rybalka, Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2021 - RMG Polar Lights Dance © Dmitrii Rybalka

Galaxies

Galaxies The Milky Ring © Zhong Wu

Our moon

Om 28529 59 Winner Beyond The Limb C2 A9 Nicolas Lefaudeux Beyond the Limb © Nicolas Lefaudeux

People and space

Deepal Ratnayaka (UK) Lockdown Lockdown © Deepal Ratnayaka

Planets, comets and asteroids

Frank Kuszaj (USA) A Colorful Quadrantid Meteor A Colorful Quadrantid Meteor © Frank Kuszaj

Heavenly landscapes

Luna Dunes Jeffrey Lovelace Luna Dunes © Jeffrey Lovelace

Stars and nebulae

Terry Hancock (UK) California Dreamin 'NGC 1499 California Dreamin 'NGC 1499 © Terry Hancock

Young Astronomy Photographer

Zhipu Wang Family Photo of the Solar System © Zhipu Wang (China - age 15 years)

Manju Mehrotra Family Trust Award

Paul Eckhardt (USA) Falcon 9 Soars Past the Moon Falcon 9 Soars Past the Moon © Paul Eckhardt

Annie Maunder Award

Leonardo Di Maggio (UK) Celestial Fracture Celestial Fracture © Leonardo Di Maggio

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