Full DisK H-Alpha Solar Image on October 13, 2011 - Credit: Joe Brimacombe

Amateur Captures Coronal Mass Ejection

14 Oct , 2011 by

While you can’t exactly call Joe Brimacombe an amateur astrophotographer, he’s managed to capture an elusive solar event on film… a coronal mass ejection!

A huge, conical-shaped magnetic prominence had been lingering for days and calling attention to itself. On the morning of October 13, 2011 – it delivered.

According to SpaceWeather, much of the prominence fell back to the solar surface, but some of the structure did fly into space, producing a coronal mass ejection. SOHO coronagraphs of the CME show that it is propagating up and out of the plane of the solar system and chances are good that no planet will be hit by the expanding cloud.

But that’s professional instruments! Imagine the excitement between 0200 and 0345 UT at Coral Towers Observatory when Joe was using either a Takahashi Sky 90 or Astrophysics 130 telescope to capture the action! Both telescopes operate at a focal ratio of F/5 and he was using a Coronado Solar Filter and various Skynyx cameras.

Doing what space telescopes do!

Many thanks to Joe Brimacombe for sharing his work – and passion – with us!

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Lights in the Dark
October 14, 2011 9:12 PM


Nathan Mantia
Nathan Mantia
October 16, 2011 1:30 AM

Outstanding shot Joe! It is truly inspiring how much amateurs can contribute to Astronomy.