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This is a brilliant sequence that not only communicates the all-consuming, Mars-wide scale of the dust storm, but also represents a poignant epitaph for the Opportunity rover. What incredible science it has given us. Opportunity will lie dormant for a time until a future Martian museum displays the plucky rover, alongside Beagle 2, Viking and all the others, for future settlers to observe with gratitude and amazement.
Jon Culshaw, comedian, impersonator and regular guest on the Sky at Night
Really this technique is something only space agencies and large observatories usually have the capabilities to produce, so to see it done so well here is a rare treat. Also notable are the surface details on Io; covering just a minute percentage of the main image, albedo markings and tonal differences are clearly seen on its tiny disc.
Steve Marsh, Art Editor for BBC Sky at Night Magazine
I’ve loved the monochrome images in this year’s competition and this view of Saturn is no exception. Capturing an image using a methane filter to reveal this type of detail is technically challenging. It gives us a very different view of Saturn and one I found fascinating to explore, wondering what caused the methane to form into such bands.
Mandy Bailey, Astronomy Secretary for the Royal Astronomical Society