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DAY AND NIGHT

These award winning photos capture incredible details of the sun and the Moon

By Johnny Simon

The UK’s Royal Observatory Greenwich has chosen the winners of its 2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, which honors photography of the cosmos across multiple categories, such as “People and Space,” “Aurorae,” and “Galaxies.” Many of the winners showcase sweeping vistas with millions of stars, but some of the most stunning images focus on the smaller details of the sun and Moon. Two of the winners captured the total solar eclipse that could be seen from the US in August 2017.

French photographer Nicolas Lefaudeux won the “Our Sun” category with an image shot in Oregon that shows the corona of the sun, extending from behind the Moon, joined on the left by the blue star Regulus and on the far right side of the image, Mars.

Nicolas Lefaudeux
“Sun King, Little King, and God of War”

Australian photographer Peter Ward saw the eclipse in Utah and used several exposures to create a composite image that shows the Moon lit by light reflecting off of Earth.

Peter Ward
“Earth Shine”

Other winning images in the “Our Sun and “Our Moon” categories also show the sun and Moon in stunning detail:

László Francsics
A waning crescent Moon seen from Budapest, Hungary in October 2017.
Jordi Delpeix Borrell
An inverted color image of the Moon, photographed from Spain.
Haiyang Zong
A highly detailed image of a sunspot, photographed from China.
Stuart Green
An erupting solar prominence, photographed through a solar telescope, as seen from the UK.