The quality and mysteries of the beingness unfold done the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contention tally by the Royal Observatory Greenwich successful the UK. Over 4,000 entries from 64 countries competed successful categories dedicated to aurorae, galaxies and the interactions betwixt radical and space.
The apical wide prize for Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023 went to Marcel Drechsler, Xavier Strottner and Yann Sainty for a knockout presumption of the Andromeda galaxy. What's bonzer is however the image reveals a monolithic plasma arc, seen arsenic a bluish blur, adjacent to the galaxy. The arc is present nether probe by researchers. The representation won not conscionable for its quality but besides for its publication to science.
As for the sanction of the arc? Meet the Strottner-Drechsler-Sainty Object 1 (SDSO-1).