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“Seven Magic Points”. The rusty red swirls of the circular, iron sculpture Seven Magic Points in Brattebergan, Norway mirror the rippling aurora above. (Photo by Rune Engebø/Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016/National Maritime Museum)

Gorgeous galaxies and stunning stars make up this selection of pictures from the shortlisted entries for this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year award. The winners will be announced on 15 September, and an exhibition of the winning images will be will be displayed in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Centre from 17 September. Here: “Seven Magic Points”. The rusty red swirls of the circular, iron sculpture Seven Magic Points in Brattebergan, Norway mirror the rippling aurora above. (Photo by Rune Engebø/Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016/National Maritime Museum)
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28 Jul 2016 13:51:00
A handout picture provided by the press service of MORTON Group of Companies, show the balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov in the sky during his solo round-the-world balloon flight just after taking off from a spot near Northam, 96 kilometres north-east of Perth in Western Australia, 12 July 2016. Fedor Konyukhov took off from Northam on 12 July 2016 in attempt to beat the record of 13 days of American aviator Steve Fossett. (Photo by EPA/Morton Press Service)

A handout picture provided by the press service of MORTON Group of Companies, show the balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov in the sky during his solo round-the-world balloon flight just after taking off from a spot near Northam, 96 kilometres north-east of Perth in Western Australia, 12 July 2016. Fedor Konyukhov took off from Northam on 12 July 2016 in attempt to beat the record of 13 days of American aviator Steve Fossett. (Photo by EPA/Morton Press Service)
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13 Jul 2016 13:43:00
Mars and its Rival Antares and the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex. (Photo by Phil Hart/CWAS/The Guardian)

These spectacular images of the universe are the finalists in the 2016 CWAS “David Malin” awards. The annual competition, which celebrates the best astronomy images taken by Australian photographers, is part of AstroFest 2016. The winners will be announced on 16 July. An associated exhibition opens the following day at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory visitors centre, and a second exhibition will also travel to selected venues around Australia. Here: Mars and its Rival Antares and the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex. (Photo by Phil Hart/CWAS/The Guardian)
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12 Jul 2016 12:08:00
A tornado storm is rolling over the town of Stratford, Texas on May 17, 2016. (Photo by Maximilian Conrad/Caters News)

These stunning images capture some of America's most intense storms from an extraordinarily close perspective. Here: A tornado storm is rolling over the town of Stratford, Texas on May 17, 2016. (Photo by Maximilian Conrad/Caters News)
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29 Jun 2016 11:10:00
A dog walker on Longsands beach before sunrise in Tynemouth, UK on April 1, 2016. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

A dog walker on Longsands beach before sunrise in Tynemouth, UK on April 1, 2016. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)
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07 Apr 2016 15:16:00
A colourful sky before sunrise on Whitley Bay beach on December 21, 2015, as December could be the mildest across a large part of England since records began more than 350 years ago, forecasters have said. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

A colourful sky before sunrise on Whitley Bay beach on December 21, 2015, as December could be the mildest across a large part of England since records began more than 350 years ago, forecasters have said. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)
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10 Jan 2016 08:05:00
A supercell that spawned a tornado earlier makes it was east north of McLean, Texas  on April 16, 2015 in Texas, United States. (Photo by Mike Olbinski/Barcroft Media)

A supercell that spawned a tornado earlier makes it was east north of McLean, Texas on April 16, 2015 in Texas, United States. Huge hail, terrifying lighting and giant supercells the size of buildings – these incredible images depict a year in the life of a storm chaser. Shot in 2015 by photographer Mike Olbinski, 40, this series of pictures show both the beautiful and the extreme nature of weather in the United States. (Photo by Mike Olbinski/Barcroft Media)
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23 Dec 2015 08:06:00
Damaged buildings are pictured at night in Aleppo, Syria December 11, 2015. (Photo by Ammar Abdullah/Reuters)

Damaged buildings are pictured at night in Aleppo, Syria December 11, 2015. (Photo by Ammar Abdullah/Reuters)
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14 Dec 2015 08:04:00