Comet Leonard, ‘blood moon’ star and ‘winged aurora’ star in this year’s annual astronomy photographer

Remember Comet Leonard, “Christmas Comet?”

Astrophotographers got some amazing photos of him in time Several months later, one of them was awarded an international award for the best satellite image of the year.

Gerald Rayman, whose photos of Comet Leonard were a must-see on social media during December 2021, captured his stunning photos from the Tivoli Southern Sky Guest Farm in Khomas, Namibia. On Christmas Day, he filmed it just as he experienced a dramatic “tail splitting event” as part of his tail and being swallowed up by the solar wind.

The 14th Royal Greenwich Observatory Astrophotographer overall winner, Rhemann’s photograph of a rare event will be on display at the National Maritime Museum in London on Saturday, September 17, 2022. “This award is one of my highlights,” Rhemann said. All that fuss.”

The competition received more than 3,000 entries from sixty-seven countries. Here is a selection of the best images from this year’s competition, which included 11 different categories:

Noah Kojawski’s photo of Lunar eclipse in November 2021 It shows the brilliant red color created by the passage of light through all sunrises and sunsets on Earth, casting a blood-red light on the moon.

Unusual “winged twilight” crowns a mountain in Murmansk, Russia, as captured by Alexander Stepanenko. “It’s not uncommon to spot shapes during an auroral show, but this bird is one of the best we’ve ever seen,” said Steve Marsh, judge and art editor at BBC Sky at Night Magazine. “She has a lot of movement and dynamism inside her.”

A composite image taken with a Sony A7 III camera by photographer Mihail Minkov in Bulgaria in August 2021, shows Buzludzha, a spaceship-like structure built in the 1970s. “An extraordinary image of an iconic brutalist building, perched on the northern edge of the Bulgarian Balkan Mountains,” said Hannah Lyons, Assistant Curator of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich. “The spaceship-like structure, combined with the luminous spectacle of the sky and the rising figure, create a strange but serene symphony.”

Yang Hanwen and Zhou Zixin won Young Astrophotographer of the Year for their image of the Andromeda galaxy (above). “One of the main functions of astrophotography is to get more people to fall in love with astronomy by showing the beauty of the universe,” Zyzen said.

The “Eye of God” by Chinese photographer Weitang Liang is an image of the Helix Nebula, which resembles an eye.

“The Shadow of Plato’s Eastern Rim” by British photographer Martin Lewis, one of the sharpest images of Plato’s giant moon crater.

In the Lamb of a Green Lady by Slovakian photographer Philip Hrebanda shows the reflection of the aurora borealis on a frozen Icelandic lake.

“A Year in the Sun” by Indian photographer Sumadeep Mukherjee is a clever mix of photos of the sun captured over the course of an entire year. Shows areas where sunspots are mainly formed.

American photographer Andrew McCarthy’s Transiting Tranquility Base for the International Space Station won the People & Space Award. It features the International Space Station positioned directly above the Sea of ​​Tranquility where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed and became the first people to walk on the Moon in 1969.

“Fourteen years of competition have shown that astronomy is timeless and can withstand anything,” Marsh said. “This year it has featured some high-quality images almost from the ‘space telescope’, as participants in celestial events blasted off as they occurred, finding new ways to bring us well-documented objects and demonstrating accurate knowledge of their profession.”

This year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, with support from Liberty Specialty Markets and in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

I wish you a clear sky and wide eyes.