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A Branching “Tree” of Solar Plasma

Hydrogen-alpha photo of the Sun by Alan Friedman

An enormous tree-shaped prominence spreads its “branches” tens of thousands of miles above the Sun’s photosphere in this image, a section of a photo acquired in hydrogen alpha (Ha) by Alan Friedman last week from his backyard in Buffalo, NY.

Writes Alan on his blog, “gotta love a sunny day in November!”

Check out the full image — along with an idea of just how big this “tree” is — after the jump:

Taken through a special solar telescope and a Grasshopper CCD camera, Alan’s gorgeous solar photos show the Sun in a wavelength absorbed by atomic hydrogen — most present in the photosphere and chromosphere — thus revealing the complex and dynamic activity of the Sun’s “surface”.

Here’s the full image:

The dark circle at upper left (added by me) shows approximately the scale size of Earth (12,756 km, or about 7,926 miles diameter.) As you can see, that particular prominence is easily six times that in altitude, and spreads out many more times wider… and this isn’t even a particularly large prominence! As far as solar activity goes, this is a non-event. (Not like what was seen by SDO on Nov. 16!)

Regardless, it makes for an impressive backyard photo.

Check out more of Alan’s photos on his blog and on his website, AvertedImagination.com. Many of his photos, some of which have been shown at galleries across the U.S., are available as limited-edition prints. (Alan also runs a greeting card print studio.) I’ve found that he usually shares at least a couple of fantastic solar shots every month, if not more.

Image © Alan Friedman. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 

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A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

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  • Kevin Frushour November 24, 2012, 10:18 PM

    Reminds me of scans of sperm attacking an ova.

    • Dav_Daddy November 25, 2012, 7:12 AM

      There’s one in every crowd. Lil I was thinking it either looks like a ball of frozen OJ with pulp, or an extreme close up of a Nerd ball.

  • Enos November 24, 2012, 11:24 PM

    This stuff is fashinating

    http://www.crowdrise.com/slashthestache

  • Ettore Greco November 25, 2012, 11:20 PM

    New and old Science

    A new and Progressive Science shows how Wavevolution, or the transformation
    from waves to atoms, is the connecting link that closes the circle of science
    to open our eyes toward new horizons never seen before.

    The bureaucracy of traditional science prevents the recognition of any event
    unless certain criteria are first met. The problem of this science is buried
    deep in the compilation of these “laws” or criteria introduced by a
    few scientists in the name of all science and from their erroneous
    understanding of the relation between Space and Time. This antiquated system of
    rules also results in misleading theories.

    For example, Space is not “curved”.

    In Einstein’s paradigm, a stone that falls on the ground from the window of a
    moving train also marks one parabola in Space. Although, this path is only
    apparent since the Earth is also moving and the Time spent by the stone to
    reach the ground has also changed to some degree that imaginary vertical line.
    At the Time of the initial Movement when the stone falls from the window, its
    potential trajectory is one perpendicular Space that is no longer the same as
    the stone continues to move until it hits the ground. If the scientist had
    known that the coordinates of Space in Time are unique and unrepeatable then
    all the rest would have also been “straight”. That perpendicular is
    straight but accounted as “curve” because of the limits of science unable to
    recognize the issue of simultaneity. In reference to each body on each moment
    in Time there are always only two coordinates in Space for one perpendicular.

    And with two coordinates there is no curve.

    One perpendicular is unrepeatable and never the same because while the measure
    of it is repeatable and any measurement can be applied for different segments
    instead one perpendicular marked in Time is like an imprint on clay or one mold
    that is never again the same.

    The perpendicular changes in Time but Einstein believed that the concept of
    Space is independent from the concept of Time.

    Another example is in the special theory of relativity which denies all
    absolutes and meanings of truth. This is in regard to Einstein’s example of two
    beams of light hitting one same embankment of a railroad on two Points: Point A
    and Point B. In between the two there is also the middle point, Point M. If one
    train were to run over that track then on the train we would also have Point A1
    on the wagon of the train correspondent to above Point A and also one other
    corresponding Point B1 right above Point B. We would also have on the train the
    corresponding Point M1 above Point M. Einstein’s theory is that as for Point M
    (not moving because on the embankment) those two beams are simultaneous and
    equidistant, instead, for the passenger sitting on M1 and moving towards Point
    B1 (and also toward Point B) the two beams are not simultaneous because the
    beam in Point B1 is being approached by the moving train, therefore closer to
    M1. In this example, while Einstein’s concept of Time is rigidly kept unchanged
    in regard to the embankment, instead, the concept of Space is extended also to
    the next moment in Time when the traveler will move even if in that precise
    instant the traveler has not moved yet. Since the concept of simultaneity had
    been put aside, Einstein considered Time to be the same while Space instead had
    changed.

    Also, this same scientist erroneously believed that all colors in the light
    spectrum travel at the same speed.

    Much confusion comes from these approximations.

    One new Awareness will be found in between the winding creativity of the human
    mind and the rigid logic of numbers.

    http://www.wikinfo.org/Multilingual/index.php/Wavevolution

    http://www.wavevolution.org/en/freethinking.html

    • Aqua4U November 26, 2012, 1:47 AM

      Ahem…You have chosen the wrong forum for your comment! Youthful exuberance… or egotistic hubris? I see from your bio that you are also VERY politically and religiously opinionated…. Although one may or may not agree with your point of view, your method of repetitious delivery obfuscates your intent. Are you entirely oblivious of that? HI! “jtStar”…. dzzzzz

    • Kevin Frushour November 26, 2012, 4:02 AM

      tl;dr

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