‘Once in a lifetime’ photo of comet wins prize

‘Once in a lifetime’ photo of comet wins prize

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Disconnection Event has won the Astronomy Photograph of the Year award

A rare photograph of a comet that will never be seen from Earth again has won a prestigious photography award.

The image shows a piece of Comet Leonard’s tail breaking off and being carried away by the solar wind.

The comet appeared on Earth shortly after it was discovered in 2021, but has now left our solar system.

London’s Royal Observatory Greenwich is hosting the Astronomy Photography of the Year competition, calling the image “astonishing”.

It also awarded two 14-year-old boys in Sichuan, China, the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year award.

The images can be seen from Saturday in an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in London.

“Comets look different from hour to hour – they are very surprising things,” explains winning photographer Gerald Rhemann from Vienna, Austria.

The photo was taken on Christmas Day 2021 from an observatory in Namibia, home to some of the world’s darkest skies.

He had no idea that the comet’s tail would dislodge, leaving the glittering trail of dust in its wake.

“I was absolutely thrilled to take the picture – it’s the pinnacle of my photography career,” he told BBC News.

Astronomer Dr. Ed Bloomer, who was one of the judges, said the image was one of the best comet photos in history.

“The perfect astrophotography is the collision of science and art. Not only is it technically advanced and projects the viewer into a deep dark space, but it is also visually captivating and emotional,” said Dr. Hannah Lyons, Assistant Curator of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich, BBC News.

The jury looked at more than 3,000 entries from all over the world.

Andromeda Galaxy, the neighbor

Andromeda Galaxy – Winner of the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year award

For their winning photo, Yang Hanwen and Zhou Zezhen, both 14, teamed up to photograph the Andromeda Galaxy, one of the Milky Way’s closest and largest neighbors.

The image shows the stunning colors of a galaxy near our own. “I think this photo shows how beautiful our closest neighbor is,” Yang Hanwen said.

The Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category is for those under the age of 16.

dr. Lyons said she was “blown away” by the quality of the young photographers, who “produced the most remarkable images”.

Check out more of the winning and highly acclaimed images:

In the embrace of a green lady - Aurorae category winner

In the embrace of a green lady – Aurorae category winner

This photo by Slovak photographer Filip Hrebenda shows the Northern Lights reflected on an icy Icelandic lake above Eystrahorn Mountain.

Mineral Moon Mosaic

Mineral Moon Mosaic – Honorable Mention in the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category

Peter Szabo was highly acclaimed as Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year for this photo of the moon, which he took in Debrecen, Hungary.

The image uses high-quality processing to show the moon’s surface in incredible detail, revealing a sight familiar to most people, but in an extraordinary way.

The center of the Heart Nebula

The Center of the Heart Nebula – Highly Acclaimed in the Stars and Nebula Category

Péter Feltóti took this photo from Hungary. The IC 1805 is an area of ​​massive amounts of ionized gas and interstellar dust. A strong stellar wind blows the surrounding material out, creating a cavernous hollow shape in a gas cloud.

“It’s very difficult to capture dark nebulae with any kind of brightness,” explains Dr Ed Bloomer.

Astrophotography was important, he added, because it revealed features of the cosmos that the human eye couldn’t see just by looking at the night sky.

The Eye of God - Winner in Stars & Nebula category

The Eye of God – Winner in the Stars and Nebulae Category

Weitang Liang took this image of the Helix Nebula in Río Hurtado, Chile, at the Chilescope Observatory.

“It’s easy to see how the ancients looked to the sky and imagined the cosmos looking back and watching us,” said Judge Imad Ahmed.

Solar Tree - Annie Maunder Prize for Digital Innovation category winner

Solar Tree – Annie Maunder Prize for Digital Innovation category winner

This image by Pauline Woolley, which combines photos taken with large telescopes, won the prize for innovation

It shows how the sun changes over time using the idea of ​​tree ring dating.

The Milky Way bridge- Winner in the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer category

The Milky Way Bridge – Winner of the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer in the Category

Using a regular camera, Lun Deng captured this image of the Milky Way rising over Minya Konka Mountain, the highest peak in Sichuan, China.

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