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It Took 100,000 Photos to Put Together This 230-Megapixel Picture of the Sun

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Can you believe this incredibly detailed image of the Sun was captured from the photographer's backyard?
Backyard astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy is always challenging himself, whether it's capturing the ISS transitting or creating high-definition photos of the Moon. This time, he assembled a powerful telescope that has allowed him to photograph the Sun with incredible detail. In fact, this latest picture is a 230-megapixel image that is the result of 100,000 individual still photos—all taken in his backyard.

The fiery glow of the Sun is ever-present and the high-quality images that McCarthy captures mean that we can really get into the fine details of this dwarf star. This includes spicules, or plasma jets, that flare up from the Sun. He was able to get such crisp detail by modifying a refractor telescope made for nighttime usage with a daystar quark hydrogen-alpha filter and a Baader IV/IR cut filter. This allowed him to safely take images of the Sun and obtain incredible…
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