Solar Time Lapse of a Large Prominence Releasing a CME


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On 22th February, 2022, the Sun has featured a gigantic solar prominence over the chromosphere, throwing a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. This was my most stressful and lucky capture. As soon as I realised that the prominence was growing so fast and drastically, I had to quickly decide what to do. So I decided to interrupt the first sequence and rotate the camera framing again for the new composition, to be able to keep capturing this growing giant ejection. It’s the highest “flame” I saw and record until now. So tall comparing the Sun’s disc that we could fit probably dozens of planet Earths inside. Seeing was good, not perfect, but nice enough for a time lapse. So I made a huge effort of gathering as much images as possible. The sequence was captured between UT11h58 and UT14h16. The final result is a 4K high resolution solar movie comprising around 2hours and 15 minutes, captured from the Dark Sky® Alqueva region, Portugal. Here is the animations from NASA SDO and LASCO-c2 (Cactus CME detection) from this same day, showing the same giant as seen from the probe in Space.

PT: Em 22 de fevereiro de 2022, o Sol apresentou uma proeminência gigantesca visível sobre a cromosfera, lançando uma ejeção de massa coronal (CME) no espaço. Assim que me apercebi que a proeminência estava a crescer de forma tão rápida e drástica, tive que decidir rapidamente o que fazer. Então decidi interromper a primeira sequência e girar a câmara para redefinir o novo enquaramento, e poder assim continuar a captar o crescimento dessa ejeção gigante. Esta foi a “chama” mais alta que vi e gravei até agora. Tão alta que caberiam provavelmente dezenas de planetas Terra na sua extensão. A estabilidade da atmosfera não estava perfeita, mas suficiente para permitir registar um time lapse. Então fiz um esforço para reunir o máximo de imagens possível. A sequência foi captada entre UT11h58 e UT14h16. O resultado final é um filme solar 4K de alta resolução com cerca de 2 horas e 15 minutos, captado na região do Dark Sky® Alqueva, Portugal. Aqui poderá ver uma animação da NASA SDO e LASCO-c2 (detecção de Cactus CME) deste mesmo dia, mostrando a mesma proeminência e CME vista da sonda que se encontra no espaço.

 

   

Above are some still shots presented in color and monochromatic version, intended to help conduct the reader attention to the most interesting parts of the image.

PT: Acima estão algumas fotos apresentadas em uma versão a cores e monocromática, com o objetivo intencional de ajudar a conduzir a atenção do leitor para as partes mais interessantes da imagem.

 

 

Above is possible to watch the video time lapse sequence compiling 335 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 2 hours.

PT: Acima é possível ver o vídeo time lapse compilando 335 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 2h de imagens.

Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

SW Esprit 120ED Professional | EQ-6 Pro mount | Daystar Quark Chromosphere filter| QUY5III174M |Focuser Sesto Senso 2 | Stack of 200 frames for each single image, captured in average to good 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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