Astronaut Tim Peake has unveiled the photos that he would submit to the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition – if he were allowed to enter!
Ahead of British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake’s return to Earth later this month, the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the UK Space Agency asked him which of his breath-taking images taken from the International Space Station (ISS) he would enter into the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition.
The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year, now in its eighth year, is held in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. The competition is an annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos and, this year, welcomed over 4,500 awe-inspiring images from 80 countries across the globe.
British astronaut Tim Peake captured his images while he was stationed at the ISS (check out his Instagram account for hundreds of spectacular images). He chose two photos that he would, if he could, submit for the competition: one simply entitled ‘Beautiful’ which is an image showcasing a sunrise and the colourful layers of the earth’s atmosphere.
Peake said that the astronauts would witness 16 sunrises a day, but he had never seen one so stunning as the one he captured. The second image he titled ‘Stars in the Universe’, which is a shot of the Milky Way Galaxy and the Earth as the International Space Station soars above it.
‘Tim’s images give us a unique view of the cosmos, thanks to his perch on the ISS, which essentially acts as a very tall camera tripod!’ said Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and judge in the competition.
‘He’s captured inspiring shots of our planet and the wider Universe, which I’m sure, will spur on a whole new generation of astronauts and space industry workers. And who knows, as living and working in space becomes a reality for more and more people, perhaps we’ll see amazing photos like this actually being entered in the not so distant future.’
The winning images will be announced on 15 September and later showcased in the annual free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from 17 September 2016.