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Breathtaking night sky images that are shortlisted for the astronomy photo award

Images of the night sky from an Australian cave and a desert in Jordan are among the selected entries for the astronomy photographer of 2020 for Insight Investment

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July 22, 2020

By Gege Li

Galactic portal

Marcin Zajac

Photographers
Stefan Liebermann, Marcin Zajac

These ethereal images show the beauty and drama of our universe. They are among the thousands of photos shortlisted for this year's Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year, a global competition organized by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, UK.

The galactic portal was taken by Polish photographer Marcin Zajac during a visit to the coastal city of Kiama in New South Wales, Australia. Zajac waited for the splendor of the Milky Way in a small cave and was surprised to see Jupiter between the constellations, which are seen in the photograph as the brightest point to the left of the central rock stack.

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Standard image of the new scientistDesert magic

Stefan Liebermann

Above is Desert Magic by Stefan Liebermann from Germany with the Wadi Rum desert valley in Jordan, also known as the Valley of the Moon. The sandstone and granite rock formations on the other side, the vaulted mountains and gorges are strongly reminiscent of a Martian landscape.

The winners of the competition will be announced in an online ceremony on September 10th.

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