The winning 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.

Winner of the Our Solar System category in 2011

The 2011 winner for the Solar System category was ‘Jupiter with lo and Ganymede’ by Damian Peach (UK), taken with a Celestron 356mm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (C14) and a PGR Flea3 CCD camera.

Taken in Barbados, Damian’s image shows Jupiter and its two largest moons, photographed separately then brought together to form a composite image. The largest planet in the Solar System, Jupiter is a giant ball of gas with no solid surface, streaked with colourful bands of clouds and dotted with huge oval storms. The moon lo, to the lower left, is the closest to Jupiter, and the most geologically active; Ganymede, the largest moon, is composed of rock and water ice.

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