The runner-up image for the Deep Space category of the 2011 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The Deep Space category is for photos of anything beyond our Solar System, including stars, nebulae and galaxies. Long-exposure photography is the best way to see and capture colour views of our distant neighbourhood; visit How to photograph deep space objects for expert tips.

Runner-up of the Deep Space category 2011

The 2011 runner-up for Deep Space was ‘Leo Triplet’ by Edward Henry (USA). It was taken with a 356mm F10 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and TMB 130mm telescope with an STL 4020 camera..

This composition shows a group of three spiral galaxies located 35 million light years away. Like our own Milky Way, they are disc-like galaxies. They contain billions of stars with bright knots of gas and dark dusty lanes, which trace spiral patterns where new stars are formed.

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