The tail of a fiery comet is blown away by the solar wind in an amazing astronomy picture

An ethereal image of Comet Leonard traveling against the solar wind has been awarded first prize in the Royal Observatory Greenwich Photographer of the Year competition.

Austrian photographer Gerald Riemann captured the view of the comet and its sweeping tail on Christmas Day, 2021 from Namibia. The Rhemann image reveals a ghostly veil of gas from the comet that was captured and swept away by the solar wind.