The highly commended image for the Skyscapes category of the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The Skyscapes category is for landscape and cityscape images of twilight and the night sky featuring the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, comets, conjuctions, constellation rises, halos and noctilucent clouds alongside elements of earthly scenery.

Highly commended for the IAPY 2016 Skyscapes category

The 2016 highly commended entry for the Skyscapes category is 'Geminids over the LAMOST telescope' by Yu Jun (China), taken at Xinglong, Hebei Province, China on 14 December 2015 using a Canon EOS 6D camera with EF 24 mm f/1.4L II USM lens, at ISO 12800 with multiple 8-second exposures.

What the photographer says

‘Here, space dust from asteroid 3200 Phaethon burns as meteors at about 100 kilometres above the LAMOST – the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope – at the National Astronomical Observatories of China. All the meteors seem to radiate from the same point that lies in the constellation Gemini, which is why the meteor shower is named the Geminids. Over 100 meteors were captured in this composed image taken at the peak of the 2015 Geminid meteor shower.’ Yu Jun

What the judges say

‘As well as illustrating the position of the Geminid radiant superbly, this great composite has a wonderful sense of motion. If you’ve ever sat out and watched this meteor shower at its peak on a clear night you’ll know what a remarkable show it can be. This image really captures some of that magic.’ Will Gater

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. 

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