Colossal one-million-mile plume shooting from the sun’s surface is captured by astrophotographer: Stunning image shows glowing stream of plasma traveling 10,000 mph as it floated into space
- An amateur astrophotographer took more than a million photos of the sun in six hours
- A solar storm erupted, resulting in one of the greatest solar prominences he has ever seen
- A plasma plume started to form from its prominence growing to about a million miles in length, then broke off and floated into space until it disappeared
An amateur astrophotographer pointed his telescope at the sun and saw a plume shoot out of the fiery surface at 10,000 miles per hour as it grew to more than a million miles in length.
Andrew McCarthywho lives in Arizona, told DailyMail.com that he spent six hours creating more than a million photos that he “stitched” together for the final image — but because the plume was so huge, he could only see half of them. capture in the photo.
The ejection of energetic and highly magnetized, superheated gas, or coronal mass ejection (CME), was released from what McCarthy said was the largest solar prominence he has ever seen — the bright feature extending outward from the surface was about 500,000. miles wide.
The day McCarthy observed the sun was also when a small solar storm blazed on the sun, leading to the formation of the big celebrity that caught his eye.
“I noticed the great prominence was starting to rise – a clear sign that something exciting was about to happen,” he said.
‘So I kept my telescope pointed’ [at] it and looked at the CME form.
“These are the moments that solar astronomers live for.”
Andrew McCarthy captured a colossal plume shooting out of the sun. The stream of plasma stretched for about a million miles. The event took place during a minor solar storm
The colossal plume formed on September 24, the day a solar storm erupted on the sun.
However, the storm belonged to the lowest category and may have been missed by eyes on Earth.
The plasma plume began appearing from the giant prominences and then broke off and flew into space at about 100,000 miles per hour, according to McCarthy who also live tweeted the event.
The images were taken with a modified five-inch refractor telescope, which McCarthy says needs to be adjusted because otherwise you would go blind if you point a telescope at the sun.’
The plume started to grow slowly, reaching 200,000 miles and then 600,000 before reaching over a million and breaking off in space.
‘That’s the distance from Earth to JWST [Jame Webb Space Telescope],” he shared in a tweet.
McCarthy, who has? a gallery of stunning images showing the wonders of space, kept his eyes on the plume for at least two hours, watching it break off and float in space where the lake became a moon-sized blob, instead of the roaring ball of superheated gas it was initially.
And the further it moved, the weaker it became.
“The prominence you see in the photo stretches for 500,000 miles, maybe a little less,” McCarthy told DailyMail.com.
McCarthy took over a million photos of the sun and stitched them together for the final stretch. He watched the plume grow until it broke off and floated into space. Pictured is a raw image he took
‘It’s easy to visualize when you realize the sun is 865,000 miles wide!
“The little bits I followed in my live tweets were closer to a million miles, but they didn’t make it into the final photo.”
McCarthy continued to explain that because so many images were used, he incorporated a technique called “lucky imaging” into his shots.
“I use the TIFF format (many astrophotographers use the video format) because I find it gives me more control over rejecting bad frames when my wind picks up or conditions deteriorate,” he said.
Our atmosphere sometimes makes it difficult.”