Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 Our Moon: Runner-up

The runner-up image for the Our Moon category of the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The Our Moon category is for lunar images, including lunar eclipses and occultation of planets. It excludes shots of the Moon with earthly landscapes (these belong in the 'Skyscapes' category). Visit How to photograph the Moon for expert tips.

Runner-up of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year  2015 Our Moon category

The 2015 runner-up for the Our Moon category was ‘ISS Terminator Moon' by Daniel Fernández Caxete it was taken using a Long Perng refractor APO telescope, a Sky-watcher Allview mount, a 550mm f/6.2 Barlow x2 (clipping) telescope lens and Nikon D610 camera. The ISO was 5000 and the exposure 1/1000 of a second.

This image shows the International Space Station (ISS) alongside our Moon. The long shadows close to the Moon's terminator highlight its geological formations. At the top of the image are the Montes Apenninus, where some peaks reach over 5000m (16,400 feet). At the bottom is another curious formation: the Rupes Recta, a long fracture line, which is enhanced by the oblique illumination from the Sun. Also known as Thebit and Huygens’s Ancient Sword, its straightness makes it seem like a distant railway line.

Competition judge Jon Culshaw said of the photo: ‘This image captures the inspiring sense of the dynamic era of accelerating science we’re living through. This is the sort of image I used to dream of in 1979. Nowadays, working in space is just something that we do'.

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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