RARE view of solar storm is stunning! It's so massive, makes Earth look tiny

    An astrographer captured the rare view of activities taking place on the Sun's magnetic field.
    By: HIMANI JHA
    | Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 12:53 IST
    Solar storm captured by an amateur astrographer!
    Solar storm captured by an amateur astrographer! (Instagram/ chucksastrophotography)
    Solar storm captured by an amateur astrographer!
    Solar storm captured by an amateur astrographer! (Instagram/ chucksastrophotography)

    An amateur astrophotographer Chuck Ayoub has accidentally recorded an unusual solar storm while capturing the Sun. The post shared on Instagram shows the clouds of solar plasma locked in a place, unable to move due to the Sun's magnetic field for almost an hour. This rare view of a raging solar storm on the surface of the Sun was captured on his telescope placed on a tripod. Sharing the clip, Chuck shared what he saw when he captured a video of the Sun. He wrote, “I was not expecting this when I captured the sun. I pointed my telescope at this very unusual solar storm yesterday.” He said that the solar storm is the result of the sun's changing magnetic fields. He added, “A structure like this might last for days. The plasma can reach 10,000 degrees f. (5,500° C).”

    The Instagram Reel also displayed the size of planet Earth measured up against the solar storm. It appears like a tiny speck for the massive star. Chuck recorded the clip by using Explore Scientific AR102 telescope and ZWO ASI174MM

    According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a solar storm is an intense burst of radiation caused by the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots. NASA describes solar flares as the solar system's largest explosive events that can be seen as bright areas in the sun and can last from minutes to hours. It usually takes place in active areas of the Sun where the magnetic fields are particularly strong. The outer solar atmosphere corona is structured by strong magnetic fields closed, often above sunspot groups. The solar atmosphere can suddenly and violently release gas bubbles and magnetic fields which are known as coronal mass ejections.

    Follow HT Tech for the latest tech news and reviews , also keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google News, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    First Published Date: 10 Jun, 12:12 IST
    Tags:
    NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS
    keep up with tech