The stunning images you need to see from Australia's space photography awards

Astrophotographers in Australia have taken photos of breathtaking, out-of-this-world images for the annual David Malin Awards.

The images were judged by Dr David Malin – a renowned astrophotographer – as part of 2016 Central West Astronomical Society‘s (CWAS) competition.

From stunning Arctic lights to the striking colours of constellations, here are some of the best night sky and space photos from the competition:

Smilin’ Orion

Trumpler 14

Stormy Stars

The Milky Way over Bonnie Doon

Exaltation Moon Warrior

Star Factory

The Painted Lobster (NGC 6357)

The Large Magellanic Cloud

Rival to Mars

Arctic Nights

Fleeting Light

Conjunction Cross

Jet Stream

Church of the Good Shepherd under the Milky Way

Coronet Peak Light Pollution plus Air Glow

Oberon Mill Illumination

Guiding Lights

The Tarantula Nebula

Star City

Stellar Rip

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