Best space photography of 2014 reveals stellar wonders (pictures)
On the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Australian astronomers have gathered to honour the very best in astrophotography.
Dust and Gas
Almost half a century after Australia's Parkes Observatory
beamed images of the Apollo 11 moon landing across the world, astronomers once
again gathered at Parkes' famous satellite dish to celebrate outstanding astrophotography
as part of the David Malin Awards.
Held as part of the Central West Astronomical Society
AstroFest in regional New South Wales, the awards coincided with the 45th anniversary
of the landing.
Paul Haese's "Dust and Gas" -- a vivid image of
the Orion Nebula -- picked up the award for Deep Sky photography and also took out overall honours.
Showing time-lapse footage of the sun in H-alpha light, Peter Ward's Shine On animation (still image shown above) was set to psychadelic Pink Floyd and picked up the award for best Scientific Animation Sequence.
Photo by: Animation by Peter Ward/Screen cap by Claire Reilly / Caption by:
Dance of the Dishes
A balletic tribute to the Australia Telescope National Facility in Narrabri, New South Wales, Alex Cherney's Dance of the Dishes animation (still image shown above) was voted best Aesthetic Animated Sequence for its time-lapse shots of the Australia Telescope Compact Array.
Photo by: Animation by Alex Cherney/Screen cap by Claire Reilly / Caption by:
The Horsehead and Flame Nebulas
David Fitz-Henry's colourful image of the Horsehead and Flame Nebulas took out the Photo Editor's Choice at the David Malin Awards.