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Highly Commended in the 'Our Solar System' category. 'Saturn at Opposition System' by Damian Peach, UK. This incredibly sharp portrait brilliantly captures the jewel of our solar system, revealing the subtle banding around the orb that results from the planet’s weather. It also shows the exquisite gradation of brightness and colour in the planet’s rings. The ultra-faint inner ‘D-Ring’ and outermost Encke gap are clearly visible. The hexagonal storm at the North Pole – a scientific curiosity – shows off three of its angular kinks. Images with this much clarity challenge our ideas of what can be achieved with amateur telescopes. (Damian Peach/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013)

Highly Commended in the 'Our Solar System' category. 'Saturn at Opposition System' by Damian Peach, UK. This incredibly sharp portrait brilliantly captures the jewel of our solar system, revealing the subtle banding around the orb that results from the planet’s weather. It also shows the exquisite gradation of brightness and colour in the planet’s rings. The ultra-faint inner ‘D-Ring’ and outermost Encke gap are clearly visible. The hexagonal storm at the North Pole – a scientific curiosity – shows off three of its angular kinks. Images with this much clarity challenge our ideas of what can be achieved with amateur telescopes. (Damian Peach/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013)

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 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.