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Watch the sun spew a massive cloud of plasma in stunning video

Witness the sun’s raw power

A massive solar prominence that was seen in the sun’s chromosphere on July 10, 2022, ejected a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space.

Fortunately, I checked the sun activity at the conclusion of the day. Since the sun is usually low and near to the horizon at that time, I don’t usually picture it.

I immediately began photographing as soon as I became aware that a sizable prominence was evident and expanding so swiftly and dramatically. The sun was not at its best angle, and a little layer of dust from Africa covered the atmosphere. At 6:00 p.m. local time, the temperature was also quite high—around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). So I worked really hard to get as many photos as I could.

A close up of a spectacular solar prominence captured by Miguel Claro on July 10, 2022. (Image credit: Miguel Claro)

The sequence, which was recorded at Alqueva, Portgal, between 5:37 and 6:30 p.m. local time, displays the remarkable motion of the CME brought on by the solar prominence. As the sun moved lower on the horizon and passed in front of the dust layer, which further dispersed its light, the contrast of the solar disc gradually changed.

The final product is a 4K high-resolution solar movie made up of almost an hour’s worth of photographs that were taken in Portugal’s Dark Sky Alqueva area. The prominence moves with incredible speed in the time lapse, almost like a tornado.

The same enormous CME as observed from orbit is depicted in the animations from NASA SDO and LASCO-c2 from the same day.

I utilized the Player One Apollo-M Max solar camera and the refractor telescope Sky Watcher Esprit 120ED fitted with a Daystar Quark Chromosphere filter to catch this behemoth. The 200 processed pictures that made up the video sequence were created by stacking the top 200 frames from each raw movie.

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