2022 Astronomy Photographer of the Year winning images

2022 Astronomy Photographer of the Year winning images

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 14 Stars and Nebulae (Winner) The Gods Eye ?  Weitang Liang Chilescope, R?o Hurtado, Coquimbo Region, Chile, August 8, 2021 This ultra-deep exposure of the 'God's Eye', also known as the Helix Nebula or NGC 7293, reveals the core's glorious colors and rarely detail views all around.  The core appears in purple and cyan, creating an ethereal, dreamy feel.  The dazzling orange, red and yellow outer region shows the power of the cosmos ?  all matter is moving, colliding and falling.  ?Do the colors in this photograph create an impressive composition?  from fiery red to the defiant and moody blue in the center of the ?eye?.  It's easy to see how the ancients used to watch the stars in the sky and imagine that the cosmos was looking back, keeping a close eye on us.  ?  Imad Ahmed Newtonian Telescope ASA N20 f/3.8, ASA DDM85 mount, FLI Proline 16803 camera, 500mm f/3.8, 22.5 hours total exposure

‘The Eye of God’ was the winner in the stars and nebulae category (Photo: Weitang Liang)

These images mark the closing of this year’s event Astronomy Photographer of the Year, the winner capturing a rare photo of a comet that will never be seen by Earth again.

The winning image was captured by Gerald Rhemann and titled ‘Disconnect Event’. It shows a piece of Comet Leonard’s gas tail being disconnected and carried away by the solar winds.

The comet was first identified in January 2021 and was the brightest comet of the year, however it will not be seen by Earth again as it slowly separates on its journey. For this amazing photo, Gerald won £10,000.

“When I first saw this image of Comet Leonard, I was blown away. This photo of a recent visitor to our Solar System was captured so beautifully,” said Judge Melissa Brobby.

“The stars in the background give the comet’s tail a magical appearance. I could stare at this image all day.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 14 Overall Winner Planets, Comets and Asteroids (Winner) Disconnect Event ?  Gerald Rhemann Tivoli Southern Sky Guest Farm, Khomas, Namibia, December 25, 2021 Comet Leonard was discovered by GJ Leonard on January 3, 2021. It made its closest pass on December 12, 2021 and, having left the System Solar, will not be seen from Earth again.  On December 25, 2021, a dramatic tail disconnect event took place.  A piece of comet Leonard's tail was ripped off and carried away by the solar wind.  ?Astronomy, myth and art come together beautifully in this photo.  It is of great value to scientists as it elegantly captures a disconnect event.  However, does this photograph, which was taken on Christmas Day, seem to tell an otherworldly story as well?  could it be the Star of Bethlehem, an angel or a fairy flying across the night sky.?  ?  Imad Ahmed ASA 12?  Astrographic Telescope, ASA DDM 85 mount, ZWO ASI6200MM Pro camera, 1076mm f/3.6, Two LRGB composite panel mosaic, 400 second exposure per panel.

Winner Resources and Overall Winner of “Disconnect Event” comet Leonardo (Photo: Gerald Rhemann)

The Young Astronomer Photographer of the Year award was won by Yang Hanwen and Zhou Zezhen for their collaborative image ‘Andromeda Galaxy: The Neighbour’.

The two 14-year-old boys captured the vibrant colors of the galaxy in one beautiful photo. The pair managed to split the £1,500 prize pool.

This image called “Cosmic Collision” features two similarly sized spiral galaxies involved in a large interaction (Photo: Mark Hanson and Mike Selby)

In addition to the overall winner and the young winner, there were ten categories. These were Planets, Comets & Asteroids, Skyscapes, People & Space, Aurorae, Galaxies, Our Moon, Our Sun, Stars & Nebulae, The Annie Maunder Prize for Digital Innovation and the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer.

Winners in each category received £1,500, with runners-up taking home £500 and commendations earning £250. The two special prize winners received £750 for their images. In addition, all winners received a one-year subscription to BBC Sky at Night magazine.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 14 Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year (Highly Recommended) The Crab Nebula in Hydrogen and Oxygen ?  Julian Shapiro Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, December 13, 2021 This image shows the Crab Nebula, a beautiful remnant of a star that died a thousand years ago.  Right at the center of the image is the Crab Pulsar, the star remnants – Capturing the complex structures in the expanding outer layers of the remnant so clearly and producing such vivid colors without oversaturating the image is extremely challenging.  It is, admittedly, one of my favorite astronomical objects;  seeing him portrayed with such clarity and brilliance is an absolute joy.?  ?  Ed Bloomer Celestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, Orion Atlas Pro mount, Optolong L-eNhance filter, ZWO ASI294MC Pro camera, 1280mm f/6.3, 2-minute multiple exposures (2 hours total)

This image shows the Crab Nebula, a beautiful remnant of a star that died a thousand years ago (Photo: Julian Shapiro)

“I was impressed with the quality of the entries for this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition,” said Hannah Lyons, assistant art curator at Royal Museums Greenwich.

‘In 2022, the competition received more than three thousand entries from sixty-seven countries around the world.’

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 14 Skyscapes (Winner) Stabbing the Stars ?  Zihui Hu Nyingchi, Tibet, China, December 24, 2021 Namcha Barwa is the most beautiful snow-covered mountain in China.  The mountain's name in Tibetan means 'spear stuck in the sky'.  This pristine land is also home to the purest of starry skies, whose trails weave a wide web even on full moon days.  Namcha Barwa, like a spear, pierces this net.  ?I love the juxtaposition of the star trails against the clear peak of the mountain.  The movement of clouds adds to the drama.  ?  Sheila Kanani Sony ILCE-7R3 camera, Tamron lens 150?500mm, 150mm f/5.6, 75 x 30 second exposures

The winning photo in the Skyscapes category was ‘Stabbing Into the Stars’ showing the Namcha Barwa mountain in China (Photo: Zihui Hu)

The Royal Greenwich Observatory is home to Greenwich Mean Time and is one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world, the observatory being home to the Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope.

The incredible collection of images will be published on September 29, 2022 in Astronomy Photographer of the Year Collection 11 and will be available for purchase.

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Source : metro.co.uk

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