Entries in the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest feature images of the transit of Venus, the Whirlpool Galaxy and other cosmic wonders. Photos by winners and runners-up will be on display at the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Center in London until Feb. 5.
Earth and space: WinnerTaken in Nagano, Japan, this image shows Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades as the backdrop to an eerie frozen landscape. Although the stars appear to gleam with a cold, frosty light, bright blue stars such as the Pleiades can be as hot as 30,000 degrees Celsius.Photographer: Masahiro Miyasaka (Japan)/The Royal Museums Greenwich
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.