This year’s best astrophotography

These beautiful astronomical images were chosen for this year’s David Malin awards.
By Australian Geographic July 21, 2020 Reading Time: < 1

EACH YEAR, world-renowned astrophotographer, Dr David Malin judges the entries from the Central West Astronomical Society’s annual astrophotography competition, and each year, the competition doesn’t disappoint.

Above are thw inning images and the following videos took out the ‘animation’ awards:

Winner: Belinda Wickens

Animation – Aesthetic

“Koo Wah Hun Na Heyo ñ Inuvik Aurora”

Comment: The title is a song to honour the local Inuvialuit peoples of the Arctic Circle, while the video captures a beautifully varied aurora in a wild and wonderful setting. The music is well chosen and there’s an interesting northern winter sky above. Orion rises over the horizon towards the end, with perfect timing.

Winner: Greg Priestley

Animation – Scientific

Comment: An interesting time-lapse with frames selected from 372 nights of imaging, organised by local sidereal time. It runs for 20 seconds and the most obvious features are the 1000 or so meteors, but it also reveals the dramatically varying colour, brightness and seeing conditions over a year.

After the COVID-19 restrictions are eased, a permanent exhibition will be on show at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory’s Visitor’s Centre from September. A second touring exhibition, organised by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, will travel to selected venues, beginning with Sydney Observatory.

You can observe the runner-up photos here.