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Huge Solar Prominence II

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WARNING: NEVER OBSERVE THE SUN WITH THE NAKED EYE OR THROUGH A TELESCOPE, CAMERA OR OTHER OPTICAL DEVICE UNLESS YOU HAVE A PROPER SOLAR FILTER AND KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Huge solar prominence on the sun today. Shot through some high altitude wispy clouds so it is not as detailed as I would like. Also wanted to put a barlow magnified lens on to zoom into the prominence but before I got a chance the clouds became much thicker.
I have included a scaled Earth to give you an idea just how big that prominence was.

13/11/2011
04:22 UT (GMT)
Canon 1000D
Baader Mark III Hyperion 8-24mm Zoom EP @ 16mm
Coronado PST
NEQ6 Pro Goto Telescope Mount
60 images for the prominences
60 images for the surface detail
Stacked and processed in Registax6
Final processing and false colour added in PS Elements 8.0
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1000x667px 150.67 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 Windows
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NatiaaaHobbyist General Artist
Incredible shot! Is it made from smaller photos?
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Thank you very much :D No all the photos are this size. What I mean by 60 images in the description is that they are all virtually identical taken one after the other. When you stack these images together in an astronomy image editing program you are able to pull more detail of of the images as it improves the signal to noise ratio.
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NatiaaaHobbyist General Artist
Oh, now I understand :)
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MeemaHobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot. Very well done.
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Thank you for the great feedback :D
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BowEchoMediaProfessional Photographer
Absolutely incredible shot!
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I'm glad you like it Diana :D Thanks
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athoa-adelfi Photographer
Wonderfully captured. 8-)
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Thank you so much :D
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Thank you very much :D
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:wow: Fantastic work Greg! :clap:
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Thank you so much John :D
Joe-Lynn-Design's avatar
Really cool Greg!
They said the other day we had one of these solar flares pointing right at us. Not sure if that's a danger but it didn't really sound like good news :)
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Thanks again mate :D If I remember right I think they were talking about the large sunspot group that was pointing straight at us. The active regions around sunspots are generally where most of the ejections/eruptions come from, so there was a chance that we could get an eruption coming stright at us. The auroras would have been awesome if that had happened.
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You're welcome :)
Yes, could have been cool :D
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SyndyneProfessional Photographer
So amazing! Is that the best one yet for the series Greg?

Nice to see the Prominences as lines on the surface too. Your processing is spot on sir :D
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Thanks for the great feedback Shaun :D It's the biggest one I have clapped eyes on yet. It's actually still there today.
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Wow that is huge. I wonder what effect these have on us. They have to effect us surely. :-)
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Thanks :D 'Tis a big one. If it was pointing straight at us instead of off to the side and there was a eruption or coronal mass ejection then we would get increased aurora activity. A really big ejection straight at us could knock out satellites and power supplies. Thankfully they are really rare and we have a magnetic field that deflects most of it.
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Wow, that was very interesting. Thanks for that. :-)
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So because it's to the side it won't increase aurora activity?
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Probably not. As I understand it, these prominences are usually fairly benign. If the surface suddenly erupts and ejects material away from the sun and if it's pointing at the earth at the time, then we can expect increased aurora activity.
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:) thanks. I have big hopes that I will catch it sometime. I am pretty far south, but there is an astronomy field near me which brags the ability to view such things when they are highly active. :) so i'm constantly trying to figure out when that is haha
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