185: Disconnection Event

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185: Disconnection Event
This is a real photo of Comet C/2021 A1, known as Comet Leonard, and the winner of the 2022 Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Taken by Gerald Rhemann on Christmas Day 2021, it shows a dramatic moment in the life of a comet known as a disconnection event, when a piece of the comet's tail becomes separated after being hit by high velocity solar particles.

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