Disconnection Event (Custom Print)
Astronomy Photographer of the Year is an annual competition featuring the world’s greatest space photography. Photographers from across the globe compete to take home the prestigious title.
Planets, Comets & Asteroids - winner
Overall competition winner
Astronomy, myth and art come together beautifully in this shot. It holds great value to scientists, as it elegantly captures a disconnection event. Yet this photo, which was taken on Christmas Day, seems to tell an otherworldly story too - it could be the Star of Bethlehem, an angel, or a fairy, soaring through the night sky. - Imad Ahmed, competition judge
On December 25 a dramatic tail disconnection event happened. A piece of Comet Leonard's tail has been pinched off and is being carried away by the solar wind. I was very lucky that the weather in Namibia was still excellent after I opened the roof of the observatory. As I recognized that the tail looked dramatically in the image of the first field, I decided to extend the image with an additional field. This was fine, because that's where the disconnection happened. - Gerald Rhemann
Our Custom Prints and frames are all handmade to the highest standards. As each Custom Print and frame is made to your required specification, they take a little longer to prepare. Custom Prints are printed on sustainable, matt 250gsm conservation digital paper. Unframed prints are carefully rolled with acid free tissue paper inside a sturdy cardboard tube. Frames are made in the UK from sustainably-sourced woods.
Custom Prints (those which are customised by choosing a size and frame) are made to order and therefore take a little longer than our standard fulfilment times. Please read our Delivery and Returns page for our latest information about UK and international shipping.
Please check the size and frame options carefully so that you are happy as once ordered we will be unable to change.
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