The Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has awarded the grand prize to an ethereal photograph of Comet Leonard navigating against the solar wind.
On Christmas Day 2021, Namibian photographer Gerald Rhemann captured the comet and its sweeping tail. The comet’s gas may be seen being grabbed and carried away by solar wind in Rhemann’s photograph.
“This award is one of the highlights of my astrophotography work,” Rhemannr said in a statement. “All the effort that went into making this image a success was worth it.”