A Last Photo of Comet Leonard Wins Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Winner of the Planets, Comets, and Asteroids Category as well as Overall Winner | Disconnection Event | Gerald Rhemann

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners for 2022, the 14th edition of the competition. This year’s winner is Comet Leonard. It is an image that has never before been photographed from Earth.

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich which is supported by Liberty Specialty Markets and is in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine. In 2022, the competition received over 3,000 entries from 67 countries around the world.

The competition features 11 categories and this year’s overall winner was selected from the Planets, Comets, and Asteroids category, of which it was also named the winner. Taken by Austrian photographer Gerald Rhemann, the photo (above) is titled Disconnection Event and depicts a rare instance of a piece of Comet Leonard’s gas tail being disconnected and carried away by the solar wind.

It was captured on Christmas Day in 2021 and was the brightest comet of the year. However, it won’t be seen from Earth ever again, which makes his photo all the more remarkable.

“This award is one of the highlights of my astrophotography work. Rhemann states that all the work put into this image was worthwhile.

All winning photos, as well as information regarding the exhibition of these images in London, can be found on the Astronomy Photographer of the Year website.

Below are the other winning images across all 11 categories.

Planets, Comets, and Asteroids

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Runner Up | The Jovian Family | Damian Peach
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | Cosmic Rose | Lionel Majzik

Aurorae

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | In the Embrace of a Green Lady | Filip Hrebenda
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Runner Up | Misty Green River | Fred Bailey
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | Winged Aurora | Alexander Stepanenko

Galaxies

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | Majestic Sombrero Galaxy | Utkarsh Mishra, Michael Petrasko, Muir Evenden
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Runner Up | Arp 271 “Cosmic Collision” | Mark Hanson, Mike Selby
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | SMC and the Magellanic Bridge | Mathew Ludgate

Our Moon

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | Shadow Profile of Plato’s East Rim | Martin Lewis
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Runner Up | Moon: Big Mosaic | Andrea Vanoni
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | An Eclipse From a Thousand Sunsets | Noah Kujawski

People and Space

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | The International Space Station Transiting Tranquility Base | Andrew McCarthy
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Runner Up | Back to the Spaceship | Mihail Minkov
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | Equinox Moon and Glastonbury Tor | Hannah Rochford

Skyscapes

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | Stabbing Into the Stars | Zihui Hu
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Runner Up | Badwater Milky Way | Abhijit Patil
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | The Night Highway | Filip Hrebenda

Stars and Nebulae

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | The Eye of God | Weitang Liang
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Runner Up | What a Flaming Star! | Martin Cohen
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | The Centre of the Heart Nebula | Peter Feltoti

Our Sun

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | A Year in the Sun | Soumyadeep Mukherjee
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Runner Up | Solar Inferno | Stuart Green
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | A Giant in the Sun’s Limb | Miguel Claro

The Annie Maunder Prize for Digital Innovation

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | Solar Tree | Pauline Woolley, using open source data from Solar Dynamic Observatory

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | The Milky Way bridge across big snowy mountains | Lun Deng

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Winner | Andromeda Galaxy, The Neighbour | Yang Hanwen, Zhou Zezhen
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | Mineral Moon Moasic | Peter Szabo
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | A Rainbow Rose | Saahil Sinha
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Highly Commended | The Crab Nebula in Hydrogen and Oxygen | Julian Shapiro

Image credits: All photos are individually credited and provided courtesy of Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 14.

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