Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest received more than 2,500 entries


(Ivan Eder)

The 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, which is run by Britain’s Royal Observatory, Greenwich, received more than 2,500 entries. Here are a couple of the finalists:

Ivan Eder looked 7,500 light-years away into the constellation Cassiopeia to photograph the Heart Nebula, a vast region of glowing gas energized by a cluster of young stars at its center.

Tommy Richardsen captured an image in Steinsvik, Norway, during a strong aurora flare that lasted only a few minutes. The figure on the right side is the photographer’s brother, who was searching for his lost lens cap.

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