Photographer captures gas explosion on the Sun
An amateur photographer captured an incredible solar flare erupting from the surface of the Sun that was so big Planet Earth would fit inside the loop - TWICE.Andrew McCarthy, 35, captured the solar prominence - a huge volume of solar mass rising from the star - on July 9. The massive gaseous explosion is caught in a magnetic field creating the loop that is so big you could fit our Blue Planet inside it twice.Andrew took the amazing shot using a Coronado ST 70/400 SolarMax III telescope connected to an astrophotography camera.Computer salesman Andrew has been obsessed about the cosmos since his father showed him Saturn and Jupiter through his telescope, aged eight.Over the last two years, Andrew's enthusiasm for cosmology has skyrocketed, leading him to spend thousands on specialist cameras.He also possesses an ASI224MC ($250), a Sony Alpha a7 II ($1,000), and a ZWO ASI1600MM-PRO ($1,800), which are mounted onto his telescope.The specialist cameras increase the image quality by stacking the images, allowing them to be sharpened beyond what is visible through the atmosphere.He has taken "millions of pictures" of the skies, snapping as many as 100,000 in any given night so he can get the perfect image.Andrew, of Sacramento, California, USA, said: "I love our skies and want to get more people educated and see them through my eyes, which is why I upload them to Instagram."I have been taking pictures of the sky since I was a kid, but have gotten more seriously into space watching since around 2017."My dad showed me Saturn and Jupiter through his telescope when I was eight, and I never forgot how incredible it was. "Ever since I've been addicted to learning as much as I can and sharing my passion ."I have taken millions of pictures.
There is no real way to count unfortunately.
On any given night I take sometimes 100,000 images to get one really good one."I use varieties of cameras to take my shots, many of my shots are from several cameras combined to get the look I want."Andrew uploads his pictures to Instagram account cosmic_background, where he has around 103,000 followers.Other spacescapes include the Moon, Saturn, and distant galaxies.