The runner-up image for the Deep Space category of the 2012 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 [HYPERLINK] for expert tips.

Runner-up of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012

The 2012 runner-up for Deep Space was ‘Simeis 147 Supernova Remnant’ by Rogelio Bernal Andreo (USA). It was taken with a Takahashi FSQ-106 EDX telescope, a Takahashi EM-400 mount and a SBIG STL 11000 camera with a 385mm f/3.6 lens.

Straddling the constellations of Auriga and Taurus, Simeis 147 is a supernova remnant, the expanding debris of a massive star that exploded around 40,000 years ago. As the wreckage continues to spread out into space it collides violently with the dust and gas between the stars, sculpting it into the glowing shells and filaments that have earned Simeis 147 the nickname of the ‘Spaghetti Nebula’.

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. 

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