Thursday, October 11, 2012

8 minutes and 19 seconds

The sun is approx. 149.6 million kilometers (or 1AU) away from us and it takes light 8 minutes and 19 seconds to reach us here on our little blue planet.  The Sun accounts for about 99.86% to the total mass of our solar system, and Hydrogen and Helium make up the majority of its composition.  

Upon closer inspection of the image, you can pick out sunspots, which appear darker because they are at a lower temperature than the surrounding surface.

This image was captured using prime focus with my NexStar 5, a solar filter and my Canon 3Ti.  The solar filter blocks 99.9%  of the incoming light.


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