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15 Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Pics of the Night Sky

 The night sky has fascinated humanity for millennia, and photographers are no exception. The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year award for 2017, which seeks to recognize the best photos of the night sky and the universe, will be announced on September 14th. In the meantime, I thought I'd show you the images that made the shortlist. Prepare to be awed: 
 
 
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"Auroral Crown" by Yulia Zhukova
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Location: Murmansk, Russia
"A Battle We Are Losing" by Haitong Yu
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Location: Beijing, China
"An Icy Moonscape" by Kris Williams
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Location: Capel Curig, Snowdonia National Park, Conwy, UK
"Aurora over Svea" by Agurtxane Concellon
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Location: Svea, Svalbard, Norway
 
"The Blue Hour" by Tommy Eliassen
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Location: Saltfjellet, Nordland, Norway
"Beautiful Tromsø" by Derek Burdeny
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Location: Tromsø, Norway
"Crescent Moon over the Needles" by Ainsley Bennett
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Location: Alum Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, UK
"Fall Milk" by Brandon Yoshizawa
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Location: Eastern Sierras, California, USA
 
"Hustle and Peaceful" by Prisca Law
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Location: The Peak, Hong Kong
"Shooting Star and Jupiter" by Rob Bowes
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Location: Portland, Dorset, UK
"Reflection" by Beate Behnke
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Location: Skagsanden, Lofoten, Norway
"Super Moon" by Giorgia Hofer
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Location: Laggio di Cadore, Province of Belluno, Italy
"The Road Back Home" by Ruslan Merzlyakov
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Location: Umeå, Sweden
"The Lost Hour" by Andrew Whyte
Location: Titchfield, Hampshire, UK
"Mr. Big Dipper" by Nicholas Roemmelt​
Location: Engadin, Graubünden, Switzerland

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