The runner-up image for the Earth and Space category of the 2009 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The Earth and Space category is for photos that include landscape, people or other ‘Earthly' things, together with an astronomical subject. Aurora, such as the aurora borealis (northern lights) are popular phenomenon within this category; see How to photograph aurorae if you’d like to try your hand at capturing these awe-inspiring light shows.

Runner-up of the APY 2009 Earth and Space category

Runner up for this category was ‘Venus, Jupiter and Moon trails over the Nepean River’ by Vincent Miu (Australia). It was taken with a Canon 400D DSLR camera and an EF–S17 85-mm IS USM lens.

This orientation of the Moon (left), Venus (centre) and Jupiter (right) is rarely photographed. Taken with an exposure of two hours, the photograph shows the trail of the three bodies in the sky at sunset. Venus and Jupiter are five of the planets that are visible at various times with the naked eye from Earth, the others being Mercury, Mars and Saturn.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is an annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos by amateur and professional astrophotographers. The winning images are showcased in a stunning exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. 

Visit the IAPY 2015 exhibition