Amateur Astronomy Club

Full Sun – Hydrogen Alpha – 11 x 14″ – Fiberboard

Photographer: Len DiPinto

This is an 11 x 14″ picture with a fiberboard backing. No frame or hanger included.

WARNING – Looking at the sun or even taking a picture will cause great harm to your eyes or your camera.

This picture of the sun was taken with a special solar telescope which has special filters that allow for safe viewing and photography. The hydrogen-alpha filters on this telescope provide for a dramatic view of the suns chromosphere. In the chromosphere you can see Prominences (flares) on the edge of the sun. These Prominences can span as many as 10 earth radii in size. On the suns surface you can see spicules which run all the way around the surface of the solar disk and look exactly like red fur.

Reality check, they’re jets of hot gas between 2,000 to 6,000 miles high, when seen in profile. They make the sun look like it is coated with orange fur. Black dots on the sun are sunspots which are darker than the surrounding area because they are around 2,000 degrees cooler.