The Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition for 2022 has been won by a stunning image of Comet Leonard, defying all odds. The photo, which can be seen below, was taken on Christmas Day in 2021 by astrophotographer Gerald Rhemann.
On September 15, the Royal Museums of Greenwich held a virtual ceremony to reveal the contest winners. The video announced and displayed the Comet Leonard photo and the winners of ten other categories. According to Rhemann, the image represents a high point in his Astrophotography career. It is one of the final images of Leonard that was taken before it disintegrated this year.
Just months before Comet Leonard was destroyed, it was possible to take a picture of it that was so amazing. Additionally, Rhemann’s image competed against some formidable astrophotographers. Galaxies, the Sun, and other celestial bodies had views ready to compete for the prize.
The comet’s extended tail was perfectly displayed in Rhemann’s photograph of Comet Leonard, which ultimately managed to shine the brightest. Everyone should see this gorgeous piece for themselves. Of course, you can view it in the picture above and the virtual awards ceremony for the other winning images.
The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich will display Rhemann’s photograph of Comet Leonard among the best entries. The selected photos from the photography contest, which the museum previously said, are also part of the exhibit, which debuted on September 17. This image is one of the final chances we’ll have to appreciate the magnificent astronomical event since Comet Leonard is no longer visible. It is unexpected that the comet, only spotted in 2021, has vanished so quickly, given how long comets like Haley’s Comet have been in the sky.