Surely you wouldn’t want to be caught in the way of a solar storm. These phenomena occurring at the Sun’s surface start with an explosion that’s as powerful as billions of nuclear bombs.
According to ndtv.com, an amateur photographer used his telescope to spot a massive solar storm – it’s so tall that four planets the size of Earth would fit along with its height!
The curious photographer said:
I was not expecting this when I captured the sun. I pointed my telescope at this very unusual solar storm yesterday. An ongoing battle between the sun’s changing magnetic fields has caused this plasma storm to rise and appear almost locked in place, unable to move.
For the moment, we can’t even tell if he’s a lucky person or not. Although the solar storm in question is not something that you see every day, it can sure scare even the most courageous person out there!
The footage in question was posted on Instagram, where it generated more than 3,000 likes:
The amateur photographer used the following tools to capture the amazing footage:
the Explore Scientific AR102 telescope, the ZWO ASI174MM camera, the Celestron AVX mount, the Rigel focuser, the SharpCap 3.2 capture software, and the Astronomik L3 UV-IR Blocker energy rejection filter.
As for professional astronomers, they are frequently preoccupied with the Sun’s behavior. For instance, back in December 2021, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe came very close to the Sun.
Nour Raouafi, a project scientist at the Parker probe, explains, as quoted by NASA’s website:
Flying so close to the Sun, Parker Solar Probe now senses conditions in the magnetically dominated layer of the solar atmosphere – the corona – that we never could before,
We see evidence of being in the corona in magnetic field data, solar wind data, and visually in images. We can actually see the spacecraft flying through coronal structures that can be observed during a total solar eclipse.