Beautiful © ESA NASA (taken by Tim Peake)
When Tim Peake, the first British aboard the International Space Station, isn’t doing space experiments and other weird things he can often be found getting out one of his Nikon D4 cameras and taking beautiful pictures of Earth from space.
Sadly, he’ll be returning to terra firma later this month, but to celebrate all the incredible images he has taken the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the UK Space Agency were intrigued to know which photos he would submit to the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition. As you can see, his favourites are fantastic.
The first image (top) is of a stunning sunrise (one of 16 he gets to see every day), showing all the different colours of the atmosphere that we are unable to see on Earth. The second image (below) shows the stars of the Milky Way twinkling between the Earth and the ISS.
“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 and competition judge. “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.”
Submissions for this year’s competition have now closed and a panel of experts from the Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night magazine will select a winner, to be announced in September this year. Until then, you can see last year’s winners on display at the Observatory until 7 August 2016.