Astronomy Photographer of the Year

For this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award you can expect to see outstanding feats of astrophotography. The winners will be declared today, 15 September, and a free exhibition of the winning pictures will be displayed at the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Centre from 17 September.

The images are created by dozens of professional and amateur photographers competing in numerous categories including ‘Planets, Comets and Asteroids,’ ‘Stars and Nebulae,’ ‘Galaxies’ and ‘Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ for under-16s. This year the competition received a record number of over 4,500 entries from both passionate amateurs and skilled photographers from over 80 countries.

Ascent of Angels, Brad Goldpaint
The photographic subject isn't just limited to our own planet. Photographers have also captured pictures from across our solar system and the universe. From visible storms across the face of Jupiter, to the glowing heart of a supernova and the starburst galaxy of M82 based some 12 million light years away from our planet.

To celebrate this exhibition, we have found a selection of wonderful space inspired objects available at Grays.

Astronomy book. 950, available from Al Khatib Antiques

Brass sun and moon face necklace, inspired by vintage Joseff of Hollywood jewellery, available from Arabella Bianco

Butler and Wilson, gold plated "man in the moon" brooch with diamante trim, available from Unicorn

Star hair pin in cut steel together with two Victorian brooches, available from Gillian Horsup

Very rare Bronze Age gold sun disc, c. 2500 - 1200 BC, available from Ancient-Jewellery

A stunning Victorian diamond Crescent shaped Brooch. c1870, available from Robin Haydock


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