The Disconnection Event by Michael Jäeger

Image: © Michael Jäeger.

Comet Lovejoy soars through the night sky in a green haze with an ion tail in its wake. The image shows Lovejoy appearing to lose its tail on 21 January 2015.

This image, by Michael Jäeger of Austria, is one of those shortlisted in this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The winners of the competition’s nine categories and two special prizes will be announced on Thursday 15th September at a special award ceremony at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. A free exhibition featuring the winning images will open at the Observatory’s Astronomy Centre on Saturday 17 September.

A record number of more than 4500 entries were received from astrophotographers in over 80 countries.

See tips on getting started in astrophotography from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year judges.