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12 HEAVENLY photos of the night sky

July 01, 2014 08:13 IST

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Since the dawn of man, the stars above us have inspired endless wonder and intrigue. Here’s a collection of 12 photographs of the sky pre-selected for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 award.

The competition which is run by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich features an amazing selection of images from the night sky. 

Dunluce Castle on the North Antrim coast was captured by Martina Gardiner while it was being bombarded by a storm force aurora. 

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Taken by Rune Johan Engeboe from the mountains situated outside the city of Harstad, Norway, this is a beautiful picture of the Milky Way and the Aurora.

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Bob Franke captures this beautiful photograph of IC 443, the Jellyfish Nebula, which is a Galactic supernova remnant, in the constellation Gemini that occurred 8,000 years ago. IC 443 spans about 65 light-years at an estimated distance of 5,000 light-years.

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Photographer Rune Johan Engeboe managed to take these amazing photographs of the northern lights

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Leonardo Delgado Ariza showcases the he snow-capped Puracé Volcano with the Milky Way above.

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A beautiful starry night in Skaftafell, Iceland as captured by Stephane Vetter.

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Leonardo Delgado Ariza takes a photograph highlighting the Milky Way, passing through a rural farm in Colombia.

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This stunning photograph taken by Maciej Winiarczyk in Talmine Bay in the Highlands of Scotland where the lack of light pollution makes it ideal for astrophotography.

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Ainsley Bennett captures Venus rising above the horizon and reflecting on the sea with the Milky Way in full view on the south coast of the Isle of Wight.

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Composite of 49 pictures of Comet Lovejoy captured by Abhinav Singhai from Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Rakibul Syed showcases the NGC3581, a bright nebula in the constellation Carina and its surrounding area.

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The Milky Way and zodiacal light at Banba's Crown, Malin Head -- Ireland's most northerly point. This shot taken was taken by Martina Gardiner an hour before moonrise. 




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