Stunning photo of Comet Leonard wins Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022

A spectacular photograph of Comet Leonard has been awarded top prize in the prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The comet made its closest pass of Earth in December 2021.

Comets are balls of dust and ice that orbit the sun. As comets — often called "dirty snowballs" — near the sun, their tails can elongate and become brighter.

Rhemann's image shows the comet on Dec. 25, 2021, where a noticeable part of its tail was pinched off and carried away by solar wind.

Unfortunately, Comet Leonard disintegrated in early 2022 and will not be seen again.

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