These incredible images are the work of one Alan Friedman. Of the one above, he writes:
I drove to the Winter Star Party for the steady skies, warm temperatures and the company of good astronomy friends. But when I heard that the ISS would transit the sun nearby, (thank you Alan Traino) I had to give it a try. I was scheduled to give my talk 12:30-1:30 - the transit centerline was 69 minutes later, 20 miles to the north on Marathon.With help from Brian Shelton and Mark Beale, I finished my talk, jumped into the car with solar imaging gear and we got set up just in time to catch it. I underestimated the narrowness of this event. We were about 5000 feet south of the centerline in a good location... another 500 feet and we would have missed it entirely. Lucky day! The space shuttle Discovery, on its final mission for NASA, is docked to the ISS. Additional solar images from WSP can be seen here.
This one I find even more mesmerizing. I have literally been sat staring at it for about 7 minutes. I am kind of obsessed with the sun at the moment, stemming back to a radio interview I heard in which someone positited the idea that the sun might be conscious. It looks pretty conscious in this image, of which Alan writes:
A section of the solar disk recorded in 30mph winds at the Winter Star Party on West Summerland Key. The massive detached prominence was visible for hours. Skies were quite steady despite the wind.
He takes his photos (the peculiarity of that turn if phrase just hit me for the first time) with this innocuous thing:
Truly, these are the days of miracles and wonders.
Visit Alan here.
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