23 of the best astronomy photographs that are out of this world

We're rounding up some of the best astronomy photos from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition from the last few years for you to enjoy. (image credit: Brad Goldpaint)
This Nebula bears a striking resemblance to a face and as such it was named after Nobel prize winner Gabriela Misteral who was an educator and humanist. (image credit: Rakibul Syed)
Here's a fantastic view of the Milky Way photographed from the Northern Cape of South Africa. Incredible. (image credit: Ivan van Niekirk)
This perfectly timed image captures the moon hovering just above the Buttes in Canyonlands National Park. (image credit: Tommaso Maiocchi)
A wonderful long exposure shot that seems to show an incredibly bright lighthouse working its magic on the night-sky. (image credit: Tom Davidson)
Here's a fantastic image of 2015's solar eclipse as it looked over the Faroe Islands. Magnificent. (image credit: Rebecca & Remy Hoehener)
Another sequence shot that was crafted by taking a photo every eight minutes to achieve this awesome end result. (image credit: Jeff Sullivan)
Another breath-taking night's sky view, this time backdropped by radar dishes that are used for radio astronomy. (image credit: Tianhong Li)
This was 2018's award winning photo and it's easy to see why. (image credit: Brad Goldpaint)
A striking view of our sun presented in an impressively unusual way. (image credit: Nicolas Lefaudeux)
A mix of time-lapse photography and more was employed here to create this awesome rusty red moonrise composite. (image credit: Steve Knight)
This nicely talented photographer managed to create a brilliant view which sees a waterfall glowing under a starry night's sky. (image credit: Andrew Whyte)
An awesome photograph of a wonderfully colourful region of space known as the Seagull Nebula. (image credit: The Seagull Nebula © Bob Franke)
The northern lights never cease to impress. (image credit: Jingyi Zhang)
This photograph is proof that your Instagram snaps will rarely be good enough to stand up to the professionals. (image credit: Paul Zizka)
A large manmade structure manages to look miniscule with a backdrop of stars behind it. (image credit: Rónán McLaughlin)
Photographic proof that sometimes all you need is a good spot, patience and perfect timing. (image credit: Terence Kong)
Nature is magnificent isn't it? Even more so when you have such a clear view of the universe stretching out before us. (image credit: Paul Zizka)
This photo took 79 hours to craft. (image credit: Fabian Neyer & Robert Pölzl)
Here's a panoramic time-lapse photo of the aurorae which took four cameras and a lot of patience to pull off. (image credit: Vincent Brady)
A breathtaking display of the aurora that looks like a green fluid in the sky. (image credit: Alexa Kershaw)
Sometimes even the simplest of images can turn out to be utterly staggering. (image credit: Martin Campbell)
A fiery view of our universe. (image credit: Peter Ward)
This image was one of those shortlisted in the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 Young Competition category. (image credit: Qiqige (Nina) Zhao)