Haunting space image shows million mile long jet of plasma shooting from the Sun | The Sun
A WILD image from space shows a million-mile-long jet of plasma ejecting from the Sun.
The image was shot by an astrophotographer from Arizona, Andrew McCarthy, and was posted to a Space Subreddit on September 25.
The photo was made with hundreds of images over several hours, and then composed into one, McCarthy said.
In the post, McCarthy warned that viewers shouldn't try capturing the image at home.
"DO NOT point a telescope at the sun,” he wrote.
“You'll fry your camera or worse, your eyes.
“My telescope was specially modified with multiple filters for this.”
McCarthy explained that the image shows the Sun’s “chromosphere" in Hydrogen-Alpha light, which shows the plasma ejecting.
He said that one of the Sun’s filaments and prominences snapped off, and ejected the matter into deep space.
The filament is known as a coronal mass ejection (CME) and extended more than one million miles into space, the photographer said.
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After tracking the plasma for a million miles, he is now working on a time-lapse.
“This composite image shows how far the prominence reached before it snapped, far larger than any I've seen before,” he wrote.
The image was captured on September 24.
He admitted that the image of the Sun looks more orange than it really is due to a filter, but said that the sky around it is unaltered.
The image was captured using a color neutral white light filter, he said.
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