Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. Like a Photo Ambassador of the European Southern Observatory and member of The world at night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reservehe specializes in astronomical “Skyscapes” that connect both Earth and the night sky.
Feel the power of the sun in this incredible new timelapse of solar activity.
Astrophotographer Miguel Claro of Lisbon, Portugal, captured the entire disc of the sun on October 12, 2023, showing the sun heading toward its peak activity in its 11 years solar cycle.
The new video, Claro wrote on his website“shows many interesting moving features, such as eruptive prominences, filaments, active regions with minor flares, small spicules dancing like hairs in the wind, and a delicate wavy plasma line,” Claro wrote.
The video shows the sun rotating for three hours with the plasma trapped in the sun’s powerful magnetic fields hundreds of miles (or kilometers) above the surface, Claro said, “until it (the plasma) is released into space in the blink of an eye.”
Claro captured the timelapse from a dark sky site in Alqueva, Portugal Dark Sky Reserve using a Player One Saturn-M SQR camera and a Lunt LS100 telescope. The video was compressed from three terabytes of raw data. “The end result is a high-resolution 5K solar film comprising 246 frames over a duration of approximately 3 hours,” he said.
To see more of Miguel Claro’s work, please visit his website or follow his stories on Instagram at www.instagram.com/miguel_claro.
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