British astronaut Tim Peake has chosen his would-be entries for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016.

The competition held by the Royal Observatory Greenwich is an annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos.

And as part of this year’s run-up, the spaceman, was asked by the observatory and the UK Space Agency to provide his best efforts taken aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Since arriving on the ISS, Tim has been taking pictures on a daily basis and sharing them across social media.

His choices were an image of a sunrise capturing the colourful layers within the Earth’s atmosphere and a shot featuring the stars of the Milky Way glistening over the planet.

One of the pictures Tim Peake would enter into the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

Royal Observatory Greenwich public astronomer Dr Marek Kukula, also a judge in the competition, said: “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.

“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.

“And who knows, as living and working in space becomes a reality for more and more people, perhaps we’ll see amazing photos like this actually being entered in the not so distant future.”

One of the pictures Tim Peake would enter into the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

The photography competition is in its eighth year and has attracted more than 4,500 entries from 80 countries.

The winning images will be announced on Thursday, September 15, and showcased at a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from Saturday, September 17.

The top entries from the 2015 competition will be on display at the Observatory until Sunday, August 7.