Solar Fireworks


Solar prominences on June 11th, 2009.
Sketch and Details by Jeff Young

I observed this interesting solar prominence on the 11th of June. While most of the action was quite dim (particularly the two outer arches), there was one bright section elevated some distance off the limb which looked for all the world like fireworks going off.

White Derwent Graphitint pencil on black Strathmore Artagain paper.

Sketched from County Louth, Ireland.

As viewed through 70mm Solarscope h-alpha filter, Tele Vue Pronto, Astro-Physics Barlow, Baader MkV binoviewer and 19mm Panoptics.


— Jeff.

3 thoughts on “Solar Fireworks”

  1. Jeff,

    Excellent sketch. Is it unusual to see such a bright prom. segment that far above the solar surface?

    Frank 🙂

  2. Thanks guys!

    Frank, I think it’s somewhat unusual, but I’ve only been solar observing for about a year — so it’s possible it’s just unusual in my somewhat limited experience.

    — Jeff.

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