The runner-up image for the Our Solar System category of the 2011 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The Our Solar System category is for photos of our Sun and its family of planets, moons, asteroids and comets. The Moon is a wonderful object to photograph, with constant changes of view throughout the lunar cycle; see our page on How to photograph the Moon for some expert tips. Photographing a comet, meanwhile, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can be achieved with relatively modest equipment; visit How to photograph comets to find out more.

Runner-up of the Our Solar System category in 2011

The 2011 Runner Up for Our Solar System was ‘Dragon Storm’ by Paul Haese (Australia), captured using a Peltier cooled Celestron 356mm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (C14) with a PGR Flea3 CCD camera.

Taken about 40 minutes apart, these images show the progress of a huge storm, called the Dragon Storm, moving in Saturn’s upper atmosphere as the planet rotates. Saturn is the second largest planet in the Solar System, and known for its brilliant rings. ‘In the southern hemisphere we have been waiting a while for Saturn to climb high enough so we can get great detailed images,’ Paul told us.

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