Four Planets and the Moon wins Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020
The winning Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 image was captured by 10-year-old Alice Fock Hang.
This year’s winner of the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year award is Alice Fock Hang for her image showing the Moon, inferior planets Venus and Mercury, the star Antares, and Jupiter and Saturn in the night sky.
Alice, who hails from Réunion Island, was 10 years old when the image was taken, and scooped the top prize in the Young category of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 competition for The Four Planets and the Moon.
The image was revealed during an online awards ceremony on 10 September 2020, hosted by the Royal Museums Greenwich.
Alice's image shows a beautiful evening vista revealing the moonset, Venus, Mercury, the star Antares, Jupiter and Saturn over the Indian Ocean.
While the image was being captured, Alice says Pluto was also present above Saturn but is not visible in the final image.
Also visible in the final composition is Alpha Centuari on the left, as well as our own galaxy the Milky Way arching prominently at the top.
For more info about the competition, follow the #AstroPhoto2020 hashtag on social media.
- Equipment Nikon D610 camera, 35 mm f/3.2 lens, ISO 3200, 18 x 13-second exposures
- Credit Alice Fock Hang
Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Staff Writer. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.