There’s something on your face

I really love those moments when I see an image that makes me double take and say out loud “Oh wow”. This image caused one of those moments. This photograph is a beautiful beautiful capture of a sunrise over the Basilica di Superga, near Turin, by sky photographer Stefano De Rosa. I wish any of my own photographs looked this good! The image is beautiful enough on it’s own, but there’s reason to look a little closer…


(click to enormify!)

You see that spot there on the Sun? Well, as it happens, that is actually a spot on the Sun. That’s a cluster of sunspots known as Active Region 1476. A patch of magnetic activity on the Sun’s photosphere, larger than our entire planet, blasting radio waves out into the heliosphere. Here’s a close-up image of AR 1476. After looking at these two images, frankly I feel slightly insignificant now…

A tip of the hat goes to Camilla Corona SDO (yes, my source is a rubber chicken).

Also, if you like beautiful photography, you really should take some time to look at Stefano De Rosa’s blog and gallery. It’s wonderful!

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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