From the northern lights to noctilucent clouds, the range of subjects in this year’s competition covers all things astronomical. Here is a selection of the shortlisted images. Published on BBC on August 2, 2017.


After the first excitement about NASA’s revelation of the discovery of 7 new planets, a second out-of-this-world announcement (pun intended) informed us about radio signals having been received from said planets. The Waterford News published an exclusive first lowdown on February 23, 2017.

Planets aligned

Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will all be visible from Earth when they appear in a diagonal row before dawn on January 20th, writes Lee Moran in The Huffington Post.

David Hope by Savannah French

Reputed violinist Daniel Hope sees a link between science and music and is inspired by the movements of the planets.