Insight Astronomy Photos of the year are stellar and stunning

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Insight Astronomy Photos of the year are stellar and stunning

Most of us have spent at least some time looking up at the stars, but if you've ever tried to take a photo of them with any kind of camera you'll know it can be a serious challenge. That's what makes the winners of the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards so impressive.

These celestial bodies are just so hard to effectively capture, so spare a thought for the skill involved when you check out these images.

Twilight Aurora © György Soponyai, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 Aurorae Winner

M94: Deep Space Halo © Nicolas Outters, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 Galaxies Winner

From Maurolycus to Moretus © Jordi Delpeix Borrell, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 Our Moon Winner

Serene Saturn © Damian Peach, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 Planets, Comets and Asteroids Winner

Binary Haze © Ainsley Bennett, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 Skyscapes Winner

The Rainbow Star © Steve Brown, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 Stars and Nebulae Winner

City Lights © Wing Ka Ho, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 People and Space Winner

Baily's Beads © Yu Jun, Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 Our Sun winner. This stunning photo also took the overall prize.

You can find out more about how each photo was captured over on here. Entries for the 2017 competition will be coming up soon!

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