Incredible new image of the sun's atmosphere caught on camera by amateur astronomer
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:39 PM on 1st November 2010
Displaying the intense ferocity of the solar atmosphere this phenomenal big picture shows the sun in a rather unusual way
Aptly entitled, 'Not The Great Pumpkin', it was taken by American amateur astrophotographer Alan Friedman on a small 14 inch telescope.
The image brilliantly displays the atmosphere of the sun, called the chromosphere and it was taken using a special 'hydrogen' filter that only captures a tiny part of the visible light spectrum.
Sun spots many times the size of the Earth can be clearly seen within the churning plasma that swirls across the superheated surface of our nearest star.
This phenomenal picture of the solar chromosphere shows the 'atmosphere' of the sun, just above the surface
Vaporised plamsa temporarily defies the crushing gravitational pull of the sun only to cascade back to the surface in brilliant arcs of superheated gas.
The pictures were taken by part-time astrophotographer, Alan Friedman, using his small but powerful home telescope, which he affectionately calls, 'Little Big Man.'
'This image is seen only with a special filter that isolates a very narrow band of the visible spectrum the hydrogen alpha bandwidth,' said the 56-year-old New Yorker.