The winning image for the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category of the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The Planets, Comets and Asteroids category is for everything in our solar system not covered by the other competition categories, and so includes satellites, comets, asteroids and other forms of zodiacal debris. Visit How to photograph comets for expert tips.
Winner of the IAPY 2015 Planets, Comets and Asteroids category
The 2015 winner for the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category was ‘The Arrow Missed the Heart’ by Lefteris Velissaratos (Greece). Shot from Strethi Mountain in Corinthia, Greece, it was taken using an FSQ106 f/5 telescope, an EQ8 mount and an STL 11000M camera with a 530mm lens. The image was obtained with a 120-second exposure.
This image shows the journey of Comet/2014 E2 Jacques in the path of the spectacular NGC 896 Nebula - something you don't see more than once in a lifetime.
Competition judge Pete Lawrence said of the photo: ‘A tough picture to do well because the comet moves relative to the background nebula. Some great structure is visible in the comet’s tail and there’s a lovely colour contrast between the red nebula and the comet’s head.’
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition
The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by Insight Investment, 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.