Stunning image of Comet Leonard’s crash wins 2022 Top Astrophotography award

The overall winner of the 2022 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition was this image of Comet Leonard, which is called a “breakup event.” (Photo credit: Gerard Riemann)

An explosion on the brightest comet last year topped the entries in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Gas emitted by the tail of Comet Leonard won first prize in the Royal Observatory Greenwich competition for Best Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2022. Comet Leonard split into pieces early this year after getting close to the Sun, but not before producing a long tail that is easily visible to amateurs. Pictures.

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