Comet Leonard shines amid aurora and meteor shower in stunning footage by Chinese spacecraft

A small space telescope launched by a Chinese space resources company captured an epic shot of the brightest comet of the year on the backdrop of an aurora and passing meteors.

Yangwang 1, a small satellite belonging to Chinese space resources company Origin Space, took the image while Comet Leonard was making its closest approach to Earth on Dec. 12. The comet, which will make its closest pass at the sun on Jan. 3, will then disappear for 80,000 years.