There’s an Aurora That Spread over a Military Power Station in Russia

It all happened when, against the beautiful sky in Russia, the glowing green lights of an Aurora started to take its form of a considerable firebird. It looked like its wings spread over an abandoned military power station. 

At a significant distance from Earth, the illuminated clouds of gas that were hanging around a collapsed stellar core formed the shape of a huge orb. Helix Nebula is the place where it is put. It kind of appears to be the Eye of Sauron, if we are to take a closer look. 

Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year

The images are currently on a shortlist of entries to a competition called Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year. The Royal Observatory, in the United Kingdom organizes the contest.. This contest has received more than 4.600 entries. They got submitted by photographers from all around the world. From all of those,  only three dozen photos got selected for the final stage of the competition.

Photographs from 90 countries took pictures of cosmic objects. These objects are found near and far, as well. They took pictures of Aurora and faraway stellar nurseries. The judges of the competition will select the winners for nine categories: People in space, Auroras, Skyscapes, Our Sun, Our Moon, Planets, Comets and Asteroids, Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae.  For younger participants, with ages 16 and under, they prepared the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year prize.

There are also two special entries, Best Newcomer and Robotic Scope Image of the Year, and they will be awarded as well. 

The images from the shortlist include a photo of the moon. That photo has 4 panels. Each panel has 30 images. Miguel Claro made them from Portugal. The photos reveal breathtaking details of the Moon and color variation of the grey surface.  And this is important because shows the chemical make-up of the surface that is not visible to the naked eye. 

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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