Stunning image of Comet Leonard wins astronomy photography award

The big winner of the 2022 Astronomical Photographer of the Year contest is this photo of Comet Leonard, titled “Disconnection Event.” (Image credit: Gherard Rhemann)

An eruption of last year’s brightest comet has topped entries in an astronomy photographer contest.

Gas spewing from the tail of Comet Leonard has won the top prize in the Royal Greenwich Observatory’s Astronomical Photographer of the Year competition for 2022. Comet Leonard shattered into pieces earlier this year after having skirted the sun, but not before producing a long tail easily visible in Amateur Photos.

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