Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist – in pictures

The Milky Way, the Northern Lights and hurtling asteroids feature in the shortlist for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year award. The winners will be announced on 14 September, and an exhibition of the winning images will be displayed in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Centre from 16 September.

Crescent Moon over the Needles
Photograph: Ainsley Bennett/National Maritime Museum
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A Battle We Are Losing
Photograph: Haitong Yu/National Maritime Museum
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Super Moon
Photograph: Giorgia Hofer/National Maritime Museum
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Fall Milk
Photograph: Brandon Yoshizawa/National Maritime Museum
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Mr Big Dipper
Photograph: Nicholas Roemmelt/National Maritime Museum
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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist – in pictures
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