Black and Inverted Sun

Originally captured in the Hydrogen-Alpha part of the spectrum (656.28nm), this highly detailed image has been inverted and added to a separate image of the surrounding star-field. Now, you may be thinking that this ball of gas looks rather familiar, and you’d be right because this is our nearest neighbour, Sol. The large number of plasma filaments and prominences erupting off the surface are indicative of a wound up magnetic field which is common when the sun nears solar maximum. The prominences and sun spots look very picturesque from here, and also look very gorgeous when they interact with our magnetosphere (read: aurora!).