Saturday, October 30, 2010

Portrait of the Sun

A portrait of the sun in the wavelength of hydrogen alpha light. A fine art print of this image is available for sale. © Alan Friedman





This image of the sun taken by Buffalo, N.Y., photographer Alan Friedman has become an Internet sensation, thanks to the massive image's eye-popping amount of detail.

Friedman attached a hydrogen-alpha filter to his telescope to improve the visibility of the sun's surface detail. After all, the sun burns through 600 million tons of hydrogen a second.

The images were originally black and white. Friedman added some color, choosing orange to give the average earthling a sense of familiarity.


Info: npr.org
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