In pictures: Stargazing

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The Journey by Javier Martinez Moran
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There still a few days left to enter the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. We take a look at some of the entries submitted so far. The Milky Way arcs over the Caldera de Taburiente National Park in La Palma, Spain, in this entry from Javier Martinez Moran.
Polaris over Mount Hood by Garrett Suhrie
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The North Star, Polaris, lines up with Mount Hood, Oregon, and Trillium Lake. The photographer used a 20-minute exposure to create the star trails charting the rotation of the Earth.
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Despite shooting during the lunar eclipse of 2015, this entrant did not photograph the Moon, but took the opportunity to capture the amazing dark sky at Monument Valley, United States. The image is a panorama comprising three vertical shots.
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Taken during the photographer’s most recent stay in Iceland, while running a photography workshop, a clear evening helped create this image of an aurora above the waterfall in Seljalandsfoss.
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A vibrant aurora also features across the southern sky over Lake Akaslompolo, in Finland, in this entry by Marcus Kiili.
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This shot of the Horsehead Nebula was submitted by Jose Jimenez Priego, of La Jonquera, Spain.
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This photograph of the Milky Way was taken from the highest mountain in Hawaii, Mauna Kea (13,796ft), overlooking the lava fields of the Big Island.
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On 28 September 2015, a supermoon coincided with a lunar eclipse, resulting in this photograph of the Moon appearing a striking shade of red over Boras, Sweden.
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Aurora over Laksvatn Fjord, Norway, by Matt Walford. Photographers have until 14 April to enter their images online by visiting www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto

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