Theme : Wonders above & beyond
Astrophotography, also known as astronomical imaging, is an art of capturing astronomical objects, celestial events and area of the night sky. The first photographed astronomical object was the Moon and it was taken in 1840. Besides being able to record the details of extended objects such as the Moon, Sun, and planets, astrophotography has the ability to image objects invisible to the human eye such as dim stars, nebulae, and galaxies.
Astronomical photography was one of the earliest types of scientific photography and almost from its inception it diversified into subdisciplines that each have a specific goal including star cartography, astrometry, stellar classification, photometry, spectroscopy, polarimetry, and the discovery of astronomical objects such as asteroids, meteors, comets, variable stars, novae, and even unknown planets.
Nonetheless still one of the most underrated forms of photography, Astrophotography is a beautiful yet a daunting art form. It is an amalgamation of passion, dedication, hard-work, skill, and above all, patience.
Only a handful of us take the effort to find that perfectly dark and pristine night sky, despite the ever-increasing light pollution and unpredictable weather conditions. It requires us to endure through countless nights of capturing images for an object we can barely see through a naked eye. All of this and more for that single flawless picture.
This intense form of devotion and hardwork surely deserves a better platform for appreciation and interested audience to see the wonders of universe. We have been getting an overwhelming response for the Nature and Wildlife Photography Contests and Exhibitions and we are excited to announce our first ever Astrophotography Contest!
Submit your best shots of the Milky Way, Startrails, Meteor showers, or any other astronomical events and help our viewers to explore the unseen beauty of the Universe!
Director - Nehru Planetarium centre. His journey started with a photographic lab of Indian institute of astrophysics, Bangalore to being awarded by Astronomical society, as part of the team who discovered an new asteroid, 4130 Ramanujan in 1988. Another asteroid 17446 was named after his 3 team members in 1990.