Check out this incredible picture of the Great Orion Nebula. It's not from the Hubble Space Telescope. It's the work of amateur astrophotographer Marcus Davies, and it just one of the finalists for this year's Astronomy Photographer of the Year. When you witness the marvels of the universe that ordinary geeks are able to capture from their back yards, it's enough to keep you up at night The finalists in this year's astronomy contest are just mind-blowing. Here are a few more of the finalists, plus a few of the pics from the contest's Flickr pool that we felt should have been on the shortlist!
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By Shivali Best For Mailonline. Through the smoggy skies of London, it can be difficult enough to spot the moon, let alone a comet or meteor shower. Roger Hutchinson, an amateur photographer from Wimbledon, has built a small observatory in his garden, from which he has managed to capture beautiful images. One photographer is waging war against the light polluted skies of southwest London, taking stunning photos from his back garden. Pictured is a multiple exposure image of a sunset over London. Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. There are three types - total, partial and penumbral - with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth's shadow completely covers the moon.
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Amateur photographer takes stunning space images from his garden in London
The winners of the fourth UK Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition were announced yesterday—and boy are there some gems amongst them. Organized by the Royal Observatory, the contest generates stiff competition, so it's no wonder that the overall winner—pictured above—is absolutely breathtaking. It shows the M51 galaxy, which is often referred to as the Whirlpool because it's the archetypal spiral galaxy. It's been studied, sketched and photographed for centuries—but photographer Martin Pugh managed to take advantage of exceptionally stable atmospheric conditions to capture one of the most clear images of it to date.
A generation ago, many of these images could be taken only from mountaintop observatories or spacecraft. Rapid advances in digital camera technology have certainly helped, but cameras are only one tool in a very large box. A telescope mount needs computer control for pinpoint tracking.