The Perseid meteor shower shoots across the sky in the early hours of 13 August 2015, appearing to cascade from Mount Shasta in California, USA. The composite image features roughly 65 meteors captured by the photographer between 12:30am and 4:30am. Take by Brad Goldpaint, this is one of the shortlisted images in the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition.
The winners of the competition’s nine categories and two special prizes will be announced on Thursday 15th September at a special award ceremony at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. A free exhibition featuring the winning images will open at the Observatory’s Astronomy Centre on Saturday 17 September.
A record number of more than 4500 entries were received from astrophotographers in over 80 countries.