More than 1.5 million km in length. The sun threw into space one of the largest streams of plasma (photo)
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In light of the fact that The sun is now appearing more and more flares, such plasma emissions are not surprising. But their images are surprising.
Professional astrophotographer from the USA, Andrew McCarthy, shared his new image of the Sun on the Reddit social network. But this time he managed to capture one of the episodes of solar activity. During another flare on the Sun, a long stream of plasma was ejected into space, which was approximately 1.6 million km long, writes ScienceAlert.
The sun is becoming more and more active while our star is approaching its maximum activity, which will come in a couple of years. Therefore, it is not surprising that flashes of different power appear on the Sun almost every day.
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As a result of such eruptions into space huge streams of plasma fly away, which are called coronal mass ejections. This flare, according to scientists who observe space weather, belonged to class M. These are not the most powerful flares, like the one that appeared 5 days ago. As Focus already wrote, it was an X1 class flash.
The spot in which the recent flare appeared was not directed to the Earth, and the plasma stream, about 1.6 million km long, flew away, passed our planet. Scientists have suggested that this plasma flow flew into space at a tremendous speed – about 160 thousand km/h. According to astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy, it was the largest plasma ejection he had ever seen.
In order to make a unique image of the Sun with a trail of solar particles, the photographer spent 6 hours. During this time, he took several hundred thousand photographs. The entire amount of data took up 800 GB. After shooting, McCarthy combined all the images into one image to get the most accurate idea of the scale of the eruption.
In addition, the photographer added more contrast to the image to show the huge plasma flow in maximum detail. It is worth noting that after processing the photographs, McCarthy still left a white color, which is visible in the form of a shell surrounding the Sun.
“I think that my colleagues and I will be able to capture even more of these plasma streams in the near future , which the Sun throws out. This is an amazing sight,” writes McCarthy.
The astrophotographer does not recommend photographing the Sun to amateurs who do not have the appropriate equipment, since not only the camera, but also the eyes can be damaged.
Focus already wrote about another image of a plasma stream ejected into space from the Sun, which was taken by another astrophotographer.