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.
“This award is one of the most outstanding works of astrophotography,” Raymaner said in a statement. “All the effort to make this picture a success was worth it.”
Comet Leonard was discovered in January 2021, and was its closest approach a land In December of that year. took his tail on Twisted, like-looking streamer During this approach as the charged particles of the sun Known as the solar wind, it interacted with charged particles in the comet’s wake. The Rhemann image is a once-in-a-lifetime image: According to astronomers, the trajectory of Comet Leonard will now take it far into interstellar space, never to return to the center. Solar System.
The winning photo was one of a number of cool and unusual photos entered into the competition. “There are some things you haven’t seen before, and even some we’ll never see again,” Ed Plummer, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said in the statement.
Other category winners include “Andromeda Galaxy: The Neighbor,” a glamorous image of the closest large spiral galaxy to our own. Milky Way The galaxy, was captured by 14-year-old Yang Hanwen and Zhou Zhizhen from China. Their photo won the Young Photographer category. Slovakian photographer Filip Hrebanda won first prize in the Northern Lights category with his photograph of a bright green aurora soaring over an ice-studded Icelandic lake. Martin Lewis of the United Kingdom won the Moon category with a stark image of shadows stretching across a large crater known as Plato on the moon’s surface.
The International Space Station (ISS) looks like a game in the film People and Space, which was won by American photographer Andrew McCarthy. McCarthy captured the International Space Station silhouetted against the Sea of Tranquility – a dark basalt plane on the face of the ship the moonThe site of the first manned landing on the moon. Meanwhile, sunspots smear the sun’s surface in a “year in the sun,” illustrating how these cold regions drift onto the sun’s surface over the course of a year. Indian photographer Soumyadeep Mukherjee received first prize in the Sun category for that photograph.
Zihui Hu of China won the Skyscapes category by shooting snowy peaks contrasting with stars twinkling across the night sky. Utkarsh Mishra of India, Michael Petrasco of the United States and Muir Evinden of the United States snapped an orange galactic disk in their winning photo in the Galactic category. Finally, space seems to be looking at the viewer in Weitang Liang’s “Eye of God” – a fiery image of the Helix Nebula that topped the category of stars and nebulae.
A full gallery of winners and runners-up can be viewed at Royal Museums Greenwich’s Contest website. The photographs will also be on display at the National Maritime Museum in London starting September 17.
Originally published on Live Science.