The relationship between man and the skies is undoubtedly one of the most aesthetic dialogues that have ever taken place. The simple act of looking up to contemplate what happens above has translated not just into invaluable keys to understand natural rhythms and patterns, but also as an overflowing source of inspiration for thousands of generations.

As they do every year, the Royal Greenwich Observatory recently inaugurated their exhibition of the best astronomical images. After a careful selection process of over 1,700 photographs, which they received from astrophotographers of fifty countries, the jury of this prestigious institution defined the best pieces.

Below we share the winning image, as well as some of the most outstanding runner-ups. We invite you to relax for the next three minutes, allowing yourself to become immersed in the visual delights of these paradisiac instants that, fortunately, are there, in the skies from around the world, waiting to dialogue with anyone who is willing.

First Place

James Woodend (RU) / Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon

Category: Our Solar System

Alexandra Hart (RU) / Ripples in a Pond

Category: Deep Space

Bill Snyder (USA) / The Horsehead Nebula (IC 434)

Category: People and Space

Eugen Kamenew (GER) / Hybrid Solar Eclipse 2

Category: Robotic Scope (Alcance robótico)

Mark Hanson (USA) / NGC 3718

*Images courtesy of the Royal Observatory.

The relationship between man and the skies is undoubtedly one of the most aesthetic dialogues that have ever taken place. The simple act of looking up to contemplate what happens above has translated not just into invaluable keys to understand natural rhythms and patterns, but also as an overflowing source of inspiration for thousands of generations.

As they do every year, the Royal Greenwich Observatory recently inaugurated their exhibition of the best astronomical images. After a careful selection process of over 1,700 photographs, which they received from astrophotographers of fifty countries, the jury of this prestigious institution defined the best pieces.

Below we share the winning image, as well as some of the most outstanding runner-ups. We invite you to relax for the next three minutes, allowing yourself to become immersed in the visual delights of these paradisiac instants that, fortunately, are there, in the skies from around the world, waiting to dialogue with anyone who is willing.

First Place

James Woodend (RU) / Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon

Category: Our Solar System

Alexandra Hart (RU) / Ripples in a Pond

Category: Deep Space

Bill Snyder (USA) / The Horsehead Nebula (IC 434)

Category: People and Space

Eugen Kamenew (GER) / Hybrid Solar Eclipse 2

Category: Robotic Scope (Alcance robótico)

Mark Hanson (USA) / NGC 3718

*Images courtesy of the Royal Observatory.

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