230-Megapixel Sun Image Photo
Photo credit: Andrew McCarthy via Peta Pixel
Photographer Andrew McCarthy created his clearest image of the Sun by first capturing 100,000 individual images before compositing them into a giant mosaic of the solar chromosphere, thus eliminating the atmosphere since so many frames were stacked together. The process sounds a lot more tedious than it actually was, thanks to AutoStakkert! software, which automatically analyzes, aligns and stacks images of celestial bodies that were taken through a telescope. Read more for additional pictures and information.


230-Megapixel Sun Image Photo
230-Megapixel Sun Image Photo
For those interested in the software, it’s completely free, easy to sue, and produces quality results every time, compared to some of its other paid competitors. To fund his astrophotography, McCarthy is selling his photos as NFTs through Ephimera, and this image sold for around 0.40 Ether, or around $1,002 at the time of this story.

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230-Megapixel Sun Image Photo

I processed this one a little differently than past shots, hoping to capture the spirit of how it looks through a solar telescope. The difference is you can’t see stars, they were added in processing as an aesthetic choice,” said the photographer.