A Solar Time Lapse Reveals a Large Solar Eruption in Motion Caught on 30th December 2023

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A solar time lapse of an entire full disc of the sun, showing a lot of interesting features in motion, such as filaments, one active region, small spicules dancing like hair in the wind, and special powerful eruption from an eruptive prominence visible at the end while being projected thousands of kilometers above the sun’s surface. The video shows the chromosphere while the sun is rotating over the course of 2 hours. The time lapse sequence was captured from Dark Sky® Alqueva territory on 30th December 2023 with a @player_one_astronomy Saturn-M SQR camera and a @luntsolarsystems telescope LS100, generating around 3TB of data. The final result is a 4K high resolution solar movie comprising 198 images over the course of about 2h, between UT11h53 and UT14h08.

PT: Um time lapse do disco solar completo, mostrando muitas características interessantes em movimento, como filamentos, uma região ativa, pequenas espículas dançando como cabelos ao vento e uma poderosa erupção especial de uma proeminência eruptiva. visível no final enquanto é projetado milhares de quilômetros acima da superfície do sol. O vídeo mostra ainda a cromosfera solar enquanto o sol no seu movimento de rotação, girou ao longo de 2 horas. A sequência de lapso de tempo foi captada a partir do território Dark Sky® Alqueva com uma câmara Player One Saturn-M SQR e um telescópio Lunt LS100, gerando 2 TB de dados. O resultado final é um filme solar de alta resolução 4K composto por 198 imagens ao longo de cerca de 2h, entre UT11h53 e UT14h08.


Above are a still shot presented side by side (begining and end of sequence) intended to help conduct the reader attention to the most interesting parts of the image. Below is possible to watch the video time lapse sequence compiling 198 shots processed, each one as result of a stack of the best 200 frames from each raw video. The final result is a 4K high resolution time lapse movie comprising around 2h15 of images.

PT: Acima está uma foto apresentada lado a lado (do início e final da sequência) com o objetivo intencional de ajudar a conduzir a atenção do leitor para as partes mais interessantes da imagem. Em baixo é possível ver o vídeo time lapse compilando 198 captações processadas, cada uma como resultado de um stack dos melhores 200 frames de cada vídeo raw. O resultado final é um filme time lapse de alta resolução de 4K que condensa cerca de 2h15 de imagens.

Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

Lunt Solar System LS100| EQ-6 Pro mount | Player One Saturn-M SQR | Stack of 200 frames for each single image, captured in average seeing conditions from Dark Sky® Alqueva territory, Portugal.

Important Note | Nota Importante:  Never look and point a telescope or any other optical equipment directly to the sun without a proper and specialized safty filters! It can blind you forever.  PT: Nota Importante –  Nunca aponte um telescópio ou qualquer equipamento óptico directamente para o sol e observe através dele sem filtros especializados e seguros. Causará cegueira irreversível!



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