The best astronomical photos of this year

The best astronomical photos of this year

The Coming of the Angels1
Having run away from a black bear, an American photographer climbed to the top of the mountain and took this picture. The stars of the Milky Way and the bright meteor trail are visible in the sky. The white lights on the mountainside (Stratovolcano Rainier, Wash.) Are the alpinists' lanterns.

Northern Lights (panorama)2
Green lights of the northern lights are dancing in the sky over the fjord of Lyngen (Troms county, Norway), pointing to the shape of the Earth's magnetic field over the waters of the Norwegian Sea. The characteristic green color for such phenomena arises due to the interaction of particles in the upper layers of the atmosphere with the solar wind.

Comet C / 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)3
C / 2014 Q2 is the fifth comet discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. At the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, it could be seen with binoculars (or even with the naked eye) in the sky of the Earth. The blue-green color of the comet is associated with a diatomic gas that burns as it moves. Its tail is fragmented under the influence of the solar wind.

Calm before the storm4
A rare sight of a natural light show: the storm over the sea and the glittering stars of the Milky Way. Photo taken at Lake Eyre in South Australia. The photographer had to use a gradient filter (and turn it upside down) to balance the shutter speed in different parts of the picture - this was how he managed to highlight the beauty of our galaxy.

The Great Carina Nebula5
In the center of the Eta Carina Nebula, among the clouds of dust and gas, is one of the largest stars in the galaxy, also called Eta Carina. It is about 100 times more massive and a million times brighter than the sun.

Full moon over the Alps6
The picture was taken from Superga Hill near Turin (Italy) a few minutes before dawn.

Heart lagoon7
The lagoon nebula in the constellation Sagittarius was discovered by the Sicilian astronomer Giovanni Goierna no later than 1654. Although it is located at a distance of five thousand light years from Earth, it is one of the few nebulae that can be seen in the night sky with the naked eye (in northern latitudes).

Luna and Antelao8
Moon over the mountain Antelao (Dolomites, Italy). The snow-covered mountainside and Earth’s natural satellite are very similar to each other,especially against the bright blue midday sky. The photographer compared the objects in his picture with a snowball rolling down the slope.

IC4439
IC443, or the Medusa Nebula in the constellation Gemini, is the remnant of a supernova that exploded relatively recently: from 30 to 3000 years ago.

Star tracks10
Star trails over Lake Green (California). These objects are very fond of astrophotographers: they are obtained due to long exposure and the rotation of the Earth around its axis.

Orion Nebula11
The Orion Nebula is one of the most famous deep space objects visible in the Earth’s sky. It is located in the cloud of Orion, along with other favorites of astrophotographers: the Horsehead Nebula, Barnard Loop and the Running Man Nebula (on the left side of the picture). Pink and orange shades in the curls of the nebula create hot hydrogen.

Motind Hill12
Motind © Rune Engebo Motind Hill A Norwegian photographer must have seen quite a few northern lights in his life, but on January 21, 2015, an unprecedented riot of colors opened up to his eyes. Oxygen atoms above the peaks of the island of Senja gave green shades, and nitrogen - purple.

Socket13
The rounded Rosette Nebula lies on the edge of the molecular cloud in the constellation Unicorn.Hot young stars in the center of the nebula heated the gas surrounding them to about six million kelvins, which gave powerful x-rays. The photographer skipped the pictures through narrow-band filters, which resulted in bright blue and orange colors.

Prominence14

Reflected sky15
A fascinated amateur astronomer seems to “bathe” in the stars when the night sky is reflected in a thin layer of water covering Uyuni (Bolivia) - the largest salt marsh in the world.

Edge of the northern lights16
A rare sight is the red aurora caused by the ionization of oxygen. The picture was taken near Yellowknife (Canada).

Torah Helmet17
For its outlines, the NGC 2359 nebula has received the title Helmet of Thor. It owes its unusual shape to a Wolf-Rayet-type star (a hot giant on the verge of becoming a supernova), the wind from which inflates interstellar matter.

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