Photographers aim high for observatory challenge
Greenwich's Royal Observatory is set to announce the winners of its search for the most striking amateur snap of the cosmos.
The star gazers launched the first Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition back in January, in league with Sky At Night magazine and photo-sharing site Flickr.
Karl Johnson's Bow of Orion (pictured) is among the pictures shortlisted for a possible victory on Wednesday (September 9). Winning images will be exhibited at the observatory from Thursday to January 10 2010.
Categories include shots of landscapes and Earth-related images, pictures of our solar system, glimpses of deep space and a category for astronomy photographers under 16.
The overall winner will collect £1,000, while category winners will get £250, runners-up will win £100 and highly commended entries £50. All winning entries will receive a year's subscription to Sky At Night magazine.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year was planned to coincide with this year's International Year of Astronomy, which is being celebrated by 140 countries worldwide.
You can view the entries for this year's competition online at flickr.com/groups/astrophoto.