Updated: Nov 7, 2022
A 'disconnection event' in the bright Comet Leonard caught the eyes of judges at Royal Observatory Greenwich's Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022.
A flare in last year's brightest comet topped entries in an astronomy photographer contest.
Gas spewing off the tail of Comet Leonard won the top prize of the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest for 2022. Comet Leonard broke into pieces early this year after rounding the sun, but not before producing a long tail easily visible in amateur photos.
The winner, Gerald Rhemann, will be featured among the top category entrants at the National Maritime Museum(opens in new tab) in Greenwich, U.K. in an exhibit opening Saturday (Sept. 17).
The winning image will be on display alongside the winners of the other categories in the accompanying exhibition, opening at the National Maritime Museum in London, UK, on 17 September 2022.
See all 2022 astrophotography winners in different categories here