From a close up look at the swirling angry gases on the Sun, to a serene night sky filled with a shimmering green aurora - the annual competition showcasing the cosmos beyond our planet has produced some stunning photographs.
There were hundreds of entries from 51 countries. But which ones made the winners’ list? Take a look with astronomer judges - Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Marek Kukula.
From views of the Moon and our neighbours in the solar system, to colourful depictions of the gases and galaxies which swirl in deep space. Take a look at the best images - and see the overall winner - of this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The astronomical images taken by Hubble are amongst the best known in the world. Behind these iconic observations stands a sophisticated instrument, based upon world-changing technology. Many of the technologies used and developed for Hubble and other telescopes have found their way into other fields and professions, as well as our everyday lives. This new Hubblecast shows how many of the technologies surrounding us owe their origins, or development, to fundamental astrophysics and innovation in astronomy.
The Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) program is a professional development program aspiring to improve teaching, inspire students, and inform the community. Flying into the stratosphere on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, enables these educators to experience astronomical research first-hand and encourage their students to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
SOFIA is a partnership between NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/2g3v8Mp