The Sun

The Sun

by Jack Newton

Jack Newton took this shot as part of a time-lapse sequence seen in the film. He used a filter that brings out the solar prominence rising off the surface of the Sun to the right of center. The surface of the Sun seethes with heat and magnetic activity, and hot gas is constantly erupting and boiling off its surface.

Solar filters should always be placed at the "sky end" of the telescope, to prevent the Sun's intense heat from penetrating into the optics. Never look at the Sun through a telescope, or try to photograph it, without such a filter in place. Unfiltered sunlight through a telescope can cause instant blindness and can destroy a camera's imaging chip. At a star party a few years ago, the rising Sun drifted into the field of view of an unattended wooden telescope and set it on fire!