Royal Observatory Greenwich Winning Space Images

Image (Credit): “Back to the Spaceship” by Mihail Minkov. (Royal Observatory Greenwich)

London’s The Guardian newspaper recently reported on the winners in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s 14th Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Once of the runner-up images, shown above, is titled “Back to the Spaceship” by Mihail Minkov. Located on Mount Buzludzha in Bulgaria, it was built as the House Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party.

Here is a little more about the structure in the image from The Guardian:

Built between 1974 and 1981, this spaceship-like structure was designed by Georgi Stoilov and involved the removal of more than 15,000 cubic metres of rock from the peak of Buzludzha, reducing the mountain’s height by 9 metres.

Visit The Guardian to see all of the images selected by judges.

Extra: Just in case you are interested in that “space ship” shown above, I have provided another image below showing what it looks like in daylight. Not as scary, is it?

Image (Credit): House Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party in Bulgaria. (SocialistModernism1 on Reddit)

Pic of the Week: Comet Over Stonehenge

Image/(Credit): Comet Neowise as seen flying over Stonehenge. (James Rushforth)

This week’s photo is from photographer James Rushforth who caught Comet Neowise over Stonehenge. The comet was discovered by astronomers on March 27, 2020 during the NEOWISE mission of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope

Mr. Rushforth’s photo was one of about 4,500 photos entered into the 2021 annual Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomy photography competition. His image above made the shortlist. You can see other shortlisted entries here. The winning entry, announced last September, is shown below.

Image/(Credit): Titled “The Golden Ring,” the image shows an annular solar eclipse taken in the Ali region of Tibet on June 21, 2020. (Shuchang Dong)