Jaw-Dropping Sunset Timelapse from Sweden

by Nancy Atkinson on June 9, 2014

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This is not your basic sunset timelapse! It combines a close-up view of the Sun with a solar telescope along with the landscape in the foreground. Astrophotographer Göran Strand from Sweden has been planning this photoshoot for a year, and it turned out spectacularly.

“Yesterday I went out to shoot a sunset I’ve planed since last summer,” Göran said via email. “This time of the year, the Sun passes right behind a big radar tower if you stand at the Swedish National Biathlon Arena in Östersund. The radar tower is located about 8 km away from the arena in a small village called Ås. I shoot the movie using my solar telescope to capture the structures on the Sun. The timing was perfect and the Sun looked really nice since it was full of sunspots and big filaments.”

Note the size of the Earth inserted for reference.

Below is a beautiful image taken a few days earlier by Göran of the setting Sun:

The setting Sun as it passed over the church of a small village called Ås. You can clearly see two sunspots visible on the Sun (2079 and 2077), both about the size of one Earth diameter. Credit and copyright: Göran Strand.

The setting Sun as it passed over the church of a small village called Ås. You can clearly see two sunspots visible on the Sun (2079 and 2077), both about the size of one Earth diameter. Credit and copyright: Göran Strand.

See more of Göran’s work at his website, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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