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Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016: Amazing Photos

Frozen Giant © Nicholas Roemmelt (Germany)

Copyright Nicholas Roemmelt

"The celestial curve of the Milky Way joins with the light of a stargazer's headlamp to form a monumental arch over the Cimon della Pella in the heart of the Dolomites mountain range in northeastern Italy."

Huge Filaprom © Gabriel Octavian Corban (Romania)

Copyright Gabriel Octavian Corban

"A tremendous filaprom extends from the surface of our star, the Sun. Filaproms are large, gaseous features that can be partially seem over the Sun's disk as a filament, and they are known to reach lengths equal to 150 Earths aligned."

ISS under Venus and the Moon © Philippe Jacquot (France)

Copyright Philippe Jacquot

"Taken from atop the Semnoz Mountain, the International Space Station arcs over the city of Annecy, France, as Venus and the Moon loom overhead."

Just Missed the Bullseye © Scott Carnie-Bronca (Australia)

Copyright Scott Carnie-Bronca

"The International Space Station (ISS) appears to pierce a path across the radiant, concentric star trails seemingly spinning over the silhouettes of the trees in Harrogate, South Australia."

King of the Planets © Damian Peach (UK)

Copyright Damian Peach

"Looming in the night sky, tempestuous storms are visible across the face of the largest planet in our Solar System, Jupiter. The Great Red Spot - a raging storm akin to a hurricane on Earth - stands out in a deep orange from the hues of browns surrounding it."

M8: Lagoon Nebula © Ivan Eder (Hungary)

Copyright Ivan Eder

"New stars are formed in the undulating clouds of M8, also commonly referred to as the Lagoon Nebula, situated some 5,000 light years from our planet."

M82: Starburst Galaxy with a Superwind © Leonardo Orazi (Italy)

Copyrght Leonardo Orazi

"About 12 million light years away from our planet, lays the starburst galaxy M82, also known as the Cigar Galaxy. In a show of radiant red, the superwind bursts out from the galaxy, believed to be the closest place to our planet in which the conditions are similar to that of the early Universe, where a plethora of stars are forming."

Moon Reflection © Rafael Defavari (Brazil)

Copyright Rafael Defavari

"The brilliance of the Moon illuminates the night sky, and is reflected in the expansive water of the Paraty Bay, Brazil."

Northern Lights over Jokulsarlon, Iceland © Giles Rocholl (UK)

Copyright Giles Rocholl

"A couple takes in the awe-inspiring sight of the Northern Lights streaking across the night sky over the lagoon at Jokulsarlon, Iceland on Valentine's night of 2016."

Painted Hills © Nicholas Roemmelt (Germany)

Copyright Nicholas Roemmelt

"With very little light pollution, the glimmering stars of the Milky Way bathe the colourful layers of the Painted Hills of Oregon in a natural glow."

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