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Highly Commended in the 'Earth and Space' category. 'Snowy Range Perseid Meteor Shower' by David Kingham, USA. A great deal of careful planning, a long night of photography and hours of painstaking image processing have gone into creating this startling composite image of the Perseid meteor shower. The Perseid meteors get their name from the constellation of Perseus from where they appear to come. However, even at the peak of the shower it is impossible to predict exactly when or where the next meteor will appear. The photographer has combined 23 individual stills to convey the excitement and dynamism of this natural firework display. (David Kingham/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013)

Highly Commended in the 'Earth and Space' category. 'Snowy Range Perseid Meteor Shower' by David Kingham, USA. A great deal of careful planning, a long night of photography and hours of painstaking image processing have gone into creating this startling composite image of the Perseid meteor shower. The Perseid meteors get their name from the constellation of Perseus from where they appear to come. However, even at the peak of the shower it is impossible to predict exactly when or where the next meteor will appear. The photographer has combined 23 individual stills to convey the excitement and dynamism of this natural firework display. (David Kingham/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013)

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

September 21, 2013

A beautiful shot of the Milky Way has won the prestigious Astronomy

Photographer of the Year 2013. Now in its fifth year, the competition

received a record number of entries - more than 1200 from 49 countries.

All of the category winners, runners-up and commended images will be

exhibited at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, until 23

February 2014.