Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Departing Mega-Filament 12th April

The sun has got to be the most dynamic object you can observe, with every day offering different features, however in this instance this mega filament has got to be one of the most long lived features that I have seen on the face of our star.  I first recorded this in mid January and so far it has survived 3 rotations.  Held aloft above the suns surface by magnetic field lines this cool plasma hovers like a solar cloud, although it is significantly reduced in density compared to a few months ago it remains to be seen whether this long term solar feature will remain for a fourth rotation.  Guess we will have to wait a couple of weeks and see.  This image was taken with the 100mm Tal100R refractor, Daystar Quark, Baader Solar Telecompressor and the Imaging source DMK31 camera.