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.
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.
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.
“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.’
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