Between SpaceX launching its first civilian space flight and various billionaires gleefully propelling themselves into orbit, the opportunity to visit the afterlife has never been closer.
But, let’s be honest here – the closest among us will be a photo.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of impressive space shots, as the winners of the Royal Observatory in London testify today. Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2021 being announced.
We already knew from the 25 finalists that things were going to be good, and the winners and finalists – selected from 4,500 entries and broken down by category below – certainly won’t disappoint.
From the winning global image of an annual solar eclipse to stunning photos of celestial landscapes and aurora, it’s time to buckle up and reach for those stars …
People and space
Planets, comets and asteroids
Stars and nebulae
Special prize: Annie Maunder Prize for innovation in images
If you want to see the images up close, the exhibition opens at the National Maritime Museum in London from September 18.