here are the most beautiful space images of the year!

Each year, the Greenwich Museum Association, which includes the prestigious Royal Observatory, organizes the largest astrophotography competition in the world. And the jury has just unveiled its selection of candidates for the title of best astrophotographer of the year.

For astronomy lovers, this is a great opportunity to enjoy absolutely remarkable shots that combine real technical mastery and a very sharp artistic sense. And while waiting for the announcement of the results next September, here are some examples of the work that could win the prize for the 2022 edition!

Images of the Earth and the Sun…

Not all of them focus exclusively on celestial bodies. Some photos cleverly play with the tones and moods of landscapes, which can take on the air of alien territory under certain conditions. The proof with the fairy cherry trees of Riverside of Funakawa in spring, by Takanobu Kurosaki.

Riverside of Funakawa in spring © Takanobu Kurosaki

MaryBeth Kiczenski also displayed her talent for composition by drawing the portrait at Aurora Sherbert (see the image at the top of this article). Its colorful volutes are particularly highlighted by an ingenious use of water, clouds and rock formations.

As often, our good old star was also honored several times. The jury notably selected Clouds of Hydrogen Gas by Simon Tang. He managed to capture the surface of the Sun with a very impressive level of detail; we can even distinguish the clouds of hydrogen ejected from the star by the fluctuations of the magnetic field. Each of these clouds is much larger than the Earth.

Clouds of Hydrogen Gas © Simon Tang

…and much more distant objects

There are also remarkable proposals on the side of comets. The most spectacular is undoubtedly the photo of Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) by Lionel Majzik. These are very complicated objects to photograph with a high level of detail, but Majzik still managed to do it with great precision. It is undoubtedly one of the most impressive images from a strictly technical point of view.

Comet C 2021 A1 (Leonard) © Lionel Majzik

And as often, there is also a whole host of nebulae, galaxies, and other celestial bodies, all very photogenic. Here are three particularly striking examples.

Note that the images presented here sometimes had to be very lightly cropped and converted during formatting, which inevitably lowers the quality. These thumbnails are therefore not not representative of the work of the photographers.

To pay tribute to them, we invite you to browse the official preselection at this address. You can then savor these superb images in the conditions they deserve. Some were also sent exclusively to certain English-language media. For example, you can find other photos in this Telegraph article.

The winner will be announced on next september 15, and the entire catalog should also be published on that date on the institution’s website. And if you want to defend your chances in the next edition, you can also consult our guide at this address.

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