Large Solar Mammoth Shape Prominence in Motion – Photos and Time Lapse

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Captured on 25th January, 2022, from Dark Sky® Alqueva region, Portugal, a high-resolution image features the chromosphere activity on this day, showing a massive solar prominence around the Solar limb. During the sequence of images, the prominence changed in appearance until it presented an incredible shape that resembled the silhouette of a Mammoth, a large mammal extinct for over 5,000 years and belonging to the genus Mammuthus (see image with caption). As the weather conditions were not perfect, but stable enough, I made a time lapse sequence that reveals this formation in motion, comprising a wider  and close-up view (with 2x barlow). The final result is a 4K high resolution solar movie comprising around 2,5 hours of images.

PT: Captada a 25 de Janeiro de 2022, na região do Dark Sky® Alqueva, Portugal, a imagem de alta resolução revela a actividade da cromosfera neste dia, mostrando uma proeminência solar maciça ao redor do limbo Solar. Durante a sequência de imagens a proeminência foi mudando de aparência até apresentar uma forma incrível e que muita se asemelhava à silhueta de um Mamute, um mamífero de grande porte extinto há mais de 5 mil anos e pertencente ao gênero Mammuthus (ver a imagem com legenda). Como as condições climatéricas não eram perfeitas, mas suficientemente estáveis, fiz uma sequência time lapse e que permite ver esta formação em movimento, compreendendo fotos de visão mais ampla e close-up (com barlow 2x). O resultado final é um filme solar de alta resolução 4K com cerca de 2,5 horas de imagens.


Above is the original image vs the labeled image to help identify the Mammoth shape. Below are some still shots presented in a portrait, landscape, or monochromatic version, intended to help conduct the reader attention to the most interesting parts of the image.

PT: Acima está a imagem original versus a imagem legendada para ajudar a identificar a forma do Mamute. Em baixo estão algumas fotos apresentadas em uma versão retrato e paisagem, bem como em uma versão monocromática, com o objetivo intencional de ajudar a conduzir a atenção do leitor para as partes mais interessantes da imagem.



Below is possible to watch the video time lapse sequence compiling 345 shots processed (wide and Close-up), 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 2,5 hours.

PT: Em baixo é possível ver o vídeo time lapse compilando 345 captações processadas (wide e close-up), 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 2,5h de imagens.

Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

SW Esprit 120ED Professional | EQ-6 Pro mount | Daystar Quark Prominence filter| QUY5III174M | TV Powermate 2x used only in close-up shots |Focuser Sesto Senso 2 | Stack of 200 frames for each single image, captured in good seeing conditions (average of 1,60″ arcs) 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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