Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy has once again captured some amazing visuals from the Sun. McCarthy, who goes by cosmic_background on Instagram, spent seven hours taking millions of photographs of the Sun as he attempted to catch one of a solar flare. For his troubles, McCarthy captured one of the most breathtaking videos of a solar flare that we’ve seen yet.
You need to see this video of a solar flare
View this post on Instagram
If you’re a sky watcher or just someone who loves anything to do with space, you’re in for a treat. McCarthy was able to catch a video of a solar flare as it erupted out of the surface of the Sun. This is a stunning sight that many people might not expect to be able to witness up close.
McCarthy shared the video on Instagram Monday, May 9. In the comments, he says “Our Sun really just popped off while I was watching!”
If you watch the video, you’ll get a great view of a solar flare as it erupts, as well as a quick glimpse of McCarthy’s setup. This setup has allowed the astrophotographer to take some amazing photos of the Sun. The icing on this cake is the new video of the solar flare.
Our Sun is currently moving towards the most active phase of its current solar cycle, which resets every 11 years. As such, we’ve seen a lot of solar flares picking up in recent weeks.
Just a few weeks ago, we experienced the most powerful solar flare in five years. The Sun releases X-Class solar radiation almost every day. The Sun’s most powerful flares, the X-Class ones are its strongest.
The most beautiful solar flare photo
NASA has shared some fantastic images and videos of solar flares in the past. Usually, though, those are captured by satellite telescopes. As such, they usually rely on x-ray or other sensors to capture the image. This latest video shows a sunspot ejecting into space.
Watching the video, you’ll see that at one point the flare turns black in the center. McCarthy claims that the reason for this was because of the bright flare. After processing, it turned black.
It’s important to note that taking videos of solar flares doesn’t just involve pointing your camera at the Sun. McCarthy has a special set-up to safely capture photos of the Sun. Without the right equipment, pointing a telescope or camera at the Sun could damage your equipment and cause eye injury.
The post Massive solar flare on the Sun captured in epic new video appeared first on BGR.