Out Of This World: Magnificent Entries For The UK Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2017

The following photos are shortlisted in 2017’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year. The awards will be announced on September 14, and the exhibition opens September 16 at The Royal Observatory Greenwich.

“Auroral Crown”, Yulia Zhulikova (Russia).

During an astrophotography tour of the Murmansk region with Stas Korotkiy, an amateur astronomer and popularizer of astronomy in Russia, the turquoise of the Aurora Borealis swirls above the snow covered trees. Illuminated by street lamps, the trees glow a vivid pink forming a contrasting frame for Nature’s greatest lightshow. (Photo by Yulia Zhulikova/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

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“Mr Big Dipper”, Nicholas Roemmelt (Denmark).

A stargazer observes the constellation of the Big Dipper perfectly aligned with the window of the entrance to a large glacier cave in Engadin, Switzerland. This is a panorama of two pictures, and each is a stack of another two pictures: one for the stars and another one for the foreground, but with no composing or time blending. (Photo by Nicholas Roemmelt/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“Super Moon”, Giorgia Hofer (Italy).

The magnificent sight of the Super Moon illuminating the night sky as it sets behind the Marmarole, in the heart of the Dolomites in Italy. On the night of 14 November 2016, the moon was at perigee at 356.511 km away from the centre of Earth, the closest occurrence since 1948. It will not be closer again until 2034. On this night, the moon was 30% brighter and 14% bigger than other full moons. (Photo by Giorgia Hofer/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“The Road Back Home”, Ruslan Merzlyakov (Latvia).

Noctilucent clouds stretch across the Swedish sky illuminating a motorcyclist’s ride home in this dramatic display. Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere and form above 200,000 ft. Thought to be formed of ice crystals, the clouds occasionally become visible at twilight when the sun is below the horizon and illuminates them. (Photo by Ruslan Merzlyakov/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“Moon Rise Reflections”, Joshua Wood (New Zealand).

An unexpected shot of the moon rising over the glistening ocean off the Wairarapa coast, bearing a remarkable resemblance to the sun. As the photographer was capturing the sunset over Castlepoint, he looked over his shoulder to see the moon rising behind, reflecting off the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean, and it became the new subject of his image. (Photo by Joshua Wood/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“Ignite the Lights”, Nicolas Alexander Otto (Germany).

After a long hike from his small cabin to Kvalvika, Lofoten Islands in Norway, the photographer arrived at the slopes above the beach around midnight. During the hike the auroral display was relatively weak, but when he made it to the beach the sky ignited in a colourful spectacle of greens and purples framed by the mossy, green landscape. The image is stacked from six different exposures to combat high ISO and thermal noise in the foreground. The sky was added from one of these exposures. (Photo by Nicolas Alexander Otto/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“A Battle We Are Losing”, Haitong Yu (China).

The Milky Way rises above a small radio telescope from a large array at Miyun Station, National Astronomical Observatory of China, in the suburbs of Beijing. The image depicts the ever-growing light pollution we now experience, which together with electromagnetic noise has turned many optical and radio observatories near cities both blind and deaf – a battle that inspired the photographer’s title for the shot. The image used a light pollution filter (iOptron L-Pro) and multiple frame stacking to get the most of the Milky Way out of the city light. (Photo by Haitong Yu/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“Aurora over Svea”, Agurtxane Concellon (Spain).

The purples and greens of the Northern Lights radiate over the coal mining city of Svea, in the archipelago of Svalbard. The earthy landscape below the glittering sky is illuminated by the strong lights of industry at the pier of Svea. (Photo by Agurtxane Concellon/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“Shooting Star and Jupiter”, Rob Bowes (UK).

A shooting star flashes across the sky over the craggy landscape of Portland, Dorset, as our neighbouring planet Venus looks on. The image is of two stacked exposures: one for the sky and one for the rocks. (Photo by Rob Bowes/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“Reflection”, Beate Behnke (Germany).

The reflection in the wave ripples of Skagsanden beach mirrors the brilliant green whirls of the Aurora Borealis in the night sky overhead. To obtain the effect of the shiny surface, the photographer had to stand in the wave zone of the incoming tide, and only when the water receded very low did the opportunity to capture the beautiful scene occur. (Photo by Beate Behnke/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“The Blue Hour”, Tommy Eliassen (Norway).

The setting crescent Moon and Mars gaze over Saltfjellet, Norway as the Northern Lights appear to emanate from the snowy landsape. The Aurora Borealis was an unexpected guest in the shot as the sun was only about ten degrees under the horizon meaning the early display came as a surprise. (Photo by Tommy Eliassen/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“Crescent Moon over the Needles”, Ainsley Bennett (UK).

The 7% waxing crescent moon setting in the evening sky over the Needles Lighthouse at the western tip of the Isle of Wight. Despite the moon being a thin crescent, the rest of its shape is defined by sunlight reflecting back from the Earth’s surface. (Photo by Ainsley Bennett/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

“Fall Milk”, Brandon Yoshizawa (USA).

The snow-clad mountain in the Eastern Sierras, California, towers over the rusty aspen grove aligned perfectly in front of it, whilst our galaxy, the Milky Way, glistens above. (Photo by Brandon Yoshizawa/National Maritime Museum/The Guardian)

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タモリ、愛人宅へ「忍び愛」を激写! そのお相手は・・

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東京・品川のある日の昼下がり。タモリの姿は、さる高級マンションにあった。エントランスを出たタモリは、建物の周辺を行き来し、ときにあたりを見回している。尋常ではない警戒の様子だが、それもそのはず、このマンションは中園ミホ氏の自宅なのだ・・ 続きを読む

SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/9874234.html

Just moved to a new house, my cat has never been in a house with…



Just moved to a new house, my cat has never been in a house with stairs before, she now has a new game, pokes her head through the banister and meows until we look then runs (Source: https://ift.tt/2L4QsnN)

SOURCE: http://awwww-cute.tumblr.com/post/176017396952

【動画】 的場文男騎手が凄まじい体勢でゴールを決めたと騒然ww 落馬寸前で勝利もぎ取る

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17日の浦和6Rでタマモサーティーンに騎乗した的場文男騎手(61=大井)が、落馬しながらも執念で勝利を手にした・・ 続きを読む

SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/9874077.html

Sprinkle snoot (Source: https://ift.tt/2Lu5KP0)



Sprinkle snoot (Source: https://ift.tt/2Lu5KP0)

SOURCE: http://awwww-cute.tumblr.com/post/176016764868

狼男が好きすぎてペットにしたくて、やけにリアルな狼男の赤ちゃん人形「ワーパップス」を爆誕させてみた。

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 子どものころ、ドラゴンや妖精などの人外クリーチャーが本当にいればなと夢見た人も多いはず。

 アメリカ・ペンシルベニア州コールデール在住のアーティスト、エイジア・エリクセンさん(34歳)にとってはそれが狼男だった。

 ホラー映画「死霊の牙(原題: Silver Bullet)」を見たことをきっかけに、なんとか狼男の赤ちゃんをペットにできないかと考えた。

 どうすれば実現できるのだろう?

 分からないまま大人になったエイジアさんだが、特殊効果の仕事に携わる夫と出会ったことで解決策を導き出し、おまけに才能も開花しちゃったみたいなんだ。 続きを読む

SOURCE: http://karapaia.com/archives/52262217.html

My daughter demanded I get out in the road to throw a towel on…



My daughter demanded I get out in the road to throw a towel on the injured bird so she could take him to get medical attention after being hit by a car. She said her Spirit Name (we’re Ojibwe) means she needs to protect “other birdies”. (Source: https://ift.tt/2JwkKds)

SOURCE: http://awwww-cute.tumblr.com/post/176016165193

猛暑日の昼過ぎにリレー、中学生9人が熱中症の疑いで病院搬送 3人重症 = 枚方市

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18日午後1時頃、大阪府枚方市養父東町の同市立第三中のグラウンドで、2年の女子生徒が気分不良を訴え、熱中症の疑いで9人が病院に搬送された。 続きを読む

SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/9874214.html

グラウンドでヘリ撮影用の人文字を作っていた児童38人が病院搬送、熱中症の疑い = 名取市

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18日午前、宮城県名取市内の小学校の校庭で活動をしていた児童38人が熱中症の疑いで病院に運ばれました。 続きを読む

SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/9874178.html

どうみても落ち葉にしか見えないが、羽を広げると色鮮やかな蝶々だった件

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 パッと見どうみても落ち葉。落ち葉すぎるほどの落ち葉。

 だがじっと観察しているとその落ち葉は動くのだ。ぱっと広がるその落ち葉の中には鮮やかな青に黄色と黒のコントラスト。

 実はこれ、擬態上手な蝶々なのである。
続きを読む

SOURCE: http://karapaia.com/archives/52261409.html

酒井法子が「子ども健全育成大使」に就任しネット騒然ww 「私にできることがあるのであれば・・」

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女優で歌手の酒井法子(47)が18日、都内で行われたB&G(ブルーシー・アンド・グリーンランド)財団による子どもの健全育成活動をPRする「子ども健全育成大使」の就任式に出席した・・ 続きを読む

SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/9874146.html