Astrophotography competition opens for eighth year, with £10,000 up for grabs
This year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is now open for submissions, encouraging astrophotographers from around the world to capture and share the beauty of the cosmos. Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 will welcome submissions in nine main categories: Skyscapes: Landscape and cityscape images of twilight and the night sky featuring the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, comets, conjunctions, constellation rises, halos and noctilucent clouds, alongside elements of earthly scenery. Aurorae: Photographs featuring auroral activity. People and Space: Photographs of the night sky including people or a human interest element. Our Sun: Solar images including solar eclipses and transits. Our Moon: Lunar images including lunar eclipses and occultation of planets. Planets, Comets and Asteroids: Everything else in our Solar System, including planets and their satellites, comets, asteroids and other forms of zodiacal debris. Stars and Nebulae: Deep-space objects within the Milky Way including stars, star clusters, supernova remnants, nebulae and other intergalactic phenomena. Galaxies: Deep space objects beyond the Milky Way including galaxies, galaxy clusters, and stellar associations. Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Pictures taken by budding astronomers under the age of 16 years old. Returning again this year are two special prizes in the shape of The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer, awarded to the best photo by an amateur astrophotographer who has taken up the hobby in the past year, and Robotic Scope, for images taken using a computer-controlled telescope. As a taster of what to expect from this year's competition, we present the winning images and some shortlisted submissions from 2015. See below for more details and how to enter this year's competition.  
Many of the exhibits have never left Russia before
The Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age exhibit will run at the Science Museum London for the next 6 months. The opening was attended by cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Sergei Krikalev.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year - the winning images revealed
This year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition received more than 2,700 entries covering 60 countries, making the judges’ work more difficult than ever. Here we present the winning images in all their glory, along with a selection of shortlisted images that didn't quite make the final cut. All the winning images, including the runners up and those that came highly commended, are available to view in this month's BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
View our gallery of the newest images of Pluto and Charon released by NASA
Pluto's terrain is revealed in greater clarity than ever before in these latest images sent back to Earth by New Horizons.
The Insight Astronomer Photographer of the Year will be decided next week
The impressionist will help decide Insight's Astronomy Photographer of the Year
The Hubble Space Telescope has been in orbit for a quarter century
The Hubble Space Telescope has been in orbit for a quarter century
Pictures from our viewing party in Castle Park, Bristol
BBC Sky at Night Magazine, Bristol Astronomomy Society and @Bristol's viewing party in Castle Park, Bristol
Solar eclipse gallery
Stunning images of solar eclipses, captured by professional astronomers around the world
There is currently an enormous active region on the surface of our star. AR2192 is the biggest sunspot of the current solar cycle that started in 2008, and the largest sunspot group since 1990.
BBC Sky at Night Magazine headed to Runcorn for a weekend of astronomy fun
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