Astrophoto: Sunspot Flyover

by Nancy Atkinson on September 6, 2013

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A detailed image of the Sun's photosphere taken near Paris, France,  with an added detail: at 737 airplane. Credit and copyright: Sebastien Lebrigand.

A detailed image of the Sun’s photosphere taken near Paris, France, with an added detail: at 737 airplane. Credit and copyright: Sebastien Lebrigand.

Watch out! That plane is heading straight for a sunspot! Astrophotographer Sebastien Lebrigand was taking some detailed images of the Sun and when something zoomed into his field of view, a 737 airplane. He was about 70 km outside of Paris France when he took this image, using a CANON EOS 500D camera and a 114 mm refractor telescope with a 1200mm focal length. Exposure: 1 / 3200s in 100 iso. The image was taken on September 5, 2013.

Nice catch!

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Zoutsteen from Holland September 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

If darkmatter was just as easy to see and understand … (Nice foto, with food for thought)

Aqua4U September 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

I vote for hydrogen powered jets… Remember after 9/11 how clear the sky got? Nice pic anyway but a reminder that we are (humans) spewing millions of tons of hydrocarbon soot into the upper atmosphere.. for what that’s worth~

Tsvar Tosjliclikj September 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Capt Kirk is traveling backwards in time by doing a slingshot around the Sun

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