Amateur astronomer Ivar Kooren captures incredible images of the sun from his backyard

Close up photo of the sun. Photo Ivar Kooren  image www.spy-drones.com

Close up photo of the sun. Photo: Ivar Kooren.

THE sun is 93 million miles away but one amateur astronomer hasn’t let that stop him capturing incredible close up photos from his back garden.

Close up photo of the sun. Photo Ivar Kooren  image www.spy-drones (3)

Ivar Kooren, from The Netherlands, used off-the-shelf equipment to capture these stunning images.

Close up photo of the sun. Photo Ivar Kooren  image www.spy-drones.com  [4]

They include bursts of flames — known as prominences — flickering from the sun’s surface. These flames are only visible during solar maxima when the sun is most active.

Close up photo of the sun. Photo Ivar Kooren  1 image www.spy-drones.com

“My backyard lays north so I can see pretty good to the east where the sun rises in the morning — the best time to capture these types of images,” he said.

While the setting is straightforward, the images themselves are difficult to capture and Kooren uses specialist techniques to produce the final version.

Close up photo of the sun. Photo Ivar Kooren  image www.spy-drones (1)

Using what he terms an astrocamera — which can capture thousands of pictures in less than 30 seconds — and H-alpha filters, Kooren is able to select the frames that are sharp, before stacking them in specialist software, producing one clear image.

Kooren said he captured the photos from his backyard.

Henry Sapiecha

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