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Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist announced

More than 3,800 entries capture sights from across the universe

Judges for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 have selected this year's shortlisted images.

Hopefuls include images of the super moon in the Dolomites in Italy, the Northern Lights dancing above a rainbow over Tromso harbour in Norway and a shooting star flashing over Portland in Dorset as Jupiter looms in the background.

The competition, now in its ninth year, is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. It received a record number of entries this year, with more than 3,800 shots sent in by amateurs and professional photographers from 91 countries.  of Uranus and asteroids.

The images were truly out of this world, with photos of Uranus and asteroids also being presented.

"The range of subjects is not just limited to our planet," said the organisers. "Photographers have also captured sights from across our solar system, galaxy and the wider universe."

Rebecca Roth, of Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center, was a new addition to the judging panel this year, joining comedian and amateur astronomer Jon Culshaw, editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine Chris Bramley, the Royal Observatory's Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula and a host of experts in the worlds of art and astronomy.

The winners of the competition's nine categories and two special prizes will be announced on 14 September at an award ceremony at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and the shortlisted images will be on display at the observatory from 16 September.

The overall winner will receive £10,000, while winners of all other categories and the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year will receive £1,500. 

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