We are used to seeing the stunning WA landscape bathed in bright, clear sunlight, but as it turns out, our State is just as stunning after dark.
Images captured for the eighth Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition showcase the beauty of WA with the lights out.
“It’s just such an amazing subject,” curator Dr John Goldsmith said.
“We have some lovely entries this year featuring the supermoon, we have a lot of images of deep space objects done by people using good telescopes.
“We have some superb planetary images and some incredibly detailed images of Jupiter and Saturn and even an example of the international space station as it transited across the face of the Moon.”
The annual exhibition and competition has attracted more than 200 individual entries this year from 40 photographers. Dr Goldsmith said the clear WA skies made it a perfect place to do some stargazing.
“Astro photographers love to travel to really remote places all over the State and record these amazing images,” Dr Goldsmith said.
“We are just so fortunate to be in WA and have the dark night skies that (allow us to) see the Milky Way. That’s one of the reasons why the photography that comes out of WA is so good.”
He said the popular exhibition has seen the skills of WA photographers improve each year.
“The quality of the images and the range of astrophotography from WA has just blossomed,” he said.
The exhibition plans to tour to regional WA.