The runner-up image for the Our Solar System category of the 2014 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 APY 2014 Our Solar System category

The runner-up in 2014 for this category was ‘Best of the Craters’ by George Tarsoudis (Greece), taken using a Sky-Watcher BK DOB 14-inch Collapsible 355mm f/4.5 telescope, a Sky-Watcher AZ EQ6 mount, and a Unibrain Fire-1 785 camera (monochrome).

The word ‘crater’ was first coined in the 17th century by the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. Formed by meteorite impacts over billions of years, these bowl-shaped lunar features are typically named after scientists, artists and explorers. The central peak of the large crater featured here probably formed when the rocks of the crater floor rebounded immediately after it was 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