150,000 Backyard Photos Astronomy Sun Composite
Photo credit: Andrew McCarthy via Peta Pixel
Photographer Andrew McCarthy captured 150,000 photos of the Sun using a modified telescope with extreme magnification and when all of them were combined, he ended up with this amazing composite image. More specifically, this is a 300-megapixel image that shows exactly how the star looked on November 29th at 2pm from the vantage point of his backyard in Florence, Arizona. Read more for some close-up images.


150,000 Backyard Photos Astronomy Sun Composite
The modified telescope makes use of specialized filters – Daystar Quark Chromosphere + Baader ERF – to protect himself and the photography equipment. One thing to note in these photos is that the spots you see are actually sunspots, while the swirls depict active regions, or regions where the magnetic field is more active and pulls at the plasma.

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150,000 Backyard Photos Astronomy Sun Composite
150,000 Backyard Photos Astronomy Sun Composite
150,000 Backyard Photos Astronomy Sun Composite

Our star is a chaotic ball of plasma. Planet-sized streams of plasma snake up from the surface, dwarfed by looming prominences and filaments. Blinding bursts of energy stem from areas of heightened magnetic activity, pushing and pulling on the solar surface and creating fascinating patterns in the atmosphere,” said McCarthy.