Amateur Astronomer Captures New Iimage of the Sun's Atmosph

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PostMon Nov 01, 2010 9:54 pm » by Savwafair2012


Incredible new image of the sun's atmosphere caught on camera by amateur astronomer

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Displaying the intense ferocity of the solar atmosphere this phenomenal big picture shows the sun in a rather unusual way

Aptly entitled, 'Not The Great Pumpkin', it was taken by American amateur astrophotographer Alan Friedman on a small 14 inch telescope.

The image brilliantly displays the atmosphere of the sun, called the chromosphere and it was taken using a special 'hydrogen' filter that only captures a tiny part of the visible light spectrum.

Sun spots many times the size of the Earth can be clearly seen within the churning plasma that swirls across the superheated surface of our nearest star.

Vaporised plamsa temporarily defies the crushing gravitational pull of the sun only to cascade back to the surface in brilliant arcs of superheated gas.
The pictures were taken by part-time astrophotographer, Alan Friedman, using his small but powerful home telescope, which he affectionately calls, 'Little Big Man.'
'This image is seen only with a special filter that isolates a very narrow band of the visible spectrum the hydrogen alpha bandwidth,' said the 56-year-old New Yorker.
'The hydrogen alpha filter sits in front of my small telescope - the webcam goes in the back and is attached to my laptop computer, which runs the camera and downloads the data stream.
Alan's day job is designing cards for the UK's multimillion pound greetings cards industry.
He spends his nights glued to the telescope and exhibits his most dramatic space photography.
'I try to record images of scientific interest through high resolution astrophotography, but maintaining a respect for the aesthetic beauty and intrigue of the universe around us,' said Alan.
'I think that paying attention to art and science both has helped me to create images that share both knowledge and inspiration.'


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PostMon Nov 01, 2010 10:20 pm » by Th3ory


i saw an article on ats about these images saying that they were sun art-- just an artist's interpretation of the way the sun looks. trying to dig it back up now, will post a link if i can find it.

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PostMon Nov 01, 2010 10:31 pm » by Punjedi


I am more intrigued by this line... "Vaporised plamsa temporarily defies the crushing gravitational pull of the sun only to cascade back to the surface in brilliant arcs of superheated gas."

Anyone wanna help me develop anti-grav vehicles?

That is a pretty cool image though, I would reckon that this isn't an art piece but an actual image of Sol. If it is art, kudos to the photorealistic aspect.
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PostTue Nov 02, 2010 10:09 am » by Dukettt


punjedi wrote:I am more intrigued by this line... "Vaporised plamsa temporarily defies the crushing gravitational pull of the sun only to cascade back to the surface in brilliant arcs of superheated gas."

Anyone wanna help me develop anti-grav vehicles?

That is a pretty cool image though, I would reckon that this isn't an art piece but an actual image of Sol. If it is art, kudos to the photorealistic aspect.


About plasma and anti grav. I have read reports that tell about super-heated plasma beign rotated in a magnetic field to archive some anti-grav effects. Don't know if it works but if it does then shouldnt those testbed fusion reactors levitate too?
For your anti-grav experiment go for copper, aluminium, electricity and mix those with what ever exotic material you come up by. Rotate around in different speeds and combinations and maybe you get there...and yes few strong electro-magnets might give you a way to control it all.

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PostTue Nov 02, 2010 10:37 am » by Cia212


Damn savwafair, what a great post. I get a little freaked out by that image...and the piercing gif of course.

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PostTue Nov 02, 2010 10:41 am » by Cia212


Dupe post somehow.

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PostTue Nov 02, 2010 4:06 pm » by Kalinsaast


Wow. That is a sweet picture. I sometimes forget how small we are when compared to our parent star. We truly are dwarfed by this gargantuan creature lol.

Great post :flop:

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