Tim Peake selects IAPY 'entries'

As judging gets underway for this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, British astronaut Tim Peake was asked by the Royal Observatory Greenwich to select which of his many photos captured from the International Space Station might stand a chance of winning.

Tim Peake on board the International Space Station.
Credit: ESA

British astronaut Tim Peake has been orbiting Earth on board the International Space Station for nearly six months, and is currently entering the final stages of his Principia mission.

Followers of Tim on social media will be only too aware of the amazing images captured by the UK astronaut from the space station’s cupola observatory. Since his arrival on the ISS in December last year, Tim has shared images of Earth’s cities, meandering rivers and red sandy desserts, as well as aurorae in our planet’s atmosphere and startling lunar scenes.

As the end of his mission approaches, the Royal Observatory Greenwich and UK Space Agency asked Tim to select which of his images he thought would stand a chance of winning this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Below are Tim's selections.

Astronauts on board the ISS see 16 sunrises each day, but this particular image caused Tim Peake to comment "I've never seen one as beautiful as this. Good morning Earth!" as he uploaded it to his Flickr page. It was taken on 27 March 2016 and the original can be found here.
Credit: ESA/NASA

"More stars in the Universe than grains of sand on Earth – easy to believe from up here," said Tim of this aurora capture, taken on 13 March 2016. The vantage point of orbiting some 250 km above Earth affords astronauts an amazing opportunity to capture natural aurora shows under enviably clear conditions. The original version of this image can be found here.
Credit: ESA/NASA

“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!" says Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. "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."

About IAPY 2016

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is now in its eighth year, with judging currently underway to find out who will be crowned the astrophotography champion of 2016. Over 4,500 images were submitted this year from 80 countries. The winning images will be announced on 15 September at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and a free exhibition will then open at the observatory from 17 September. From more information, visit the IAPY website.

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