Watch this airplane photobomb the Sun

Amateur solar astronomer Andrew Devey has been making daily records of solar activity since 2005. His website, The Solar Explorer, could well be the most extensive roundup of jaw-dropping solar GIFS on Earth. Featured here is one of our favorites from his browser-crashing collection. "I was filming a large active region," Devey writes, "when a plane shot through my field of view."

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So awesome.

With the Sun nearing the pinnacle of its 11-year cycle of solar activity later this year, we expect Devey will be updating his stockpile with increasing regularity in the weeks and months ahead.

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[The Solar Explorer via Christopher Jobson]

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GrigoritheOcto
GrigoritheOcto

So I went to this guy's website, and I was wondering if someone with more knowledge of the sun than I have could tell me what the surface of the sun is like. In some of the pictures on this site (all of which are mind blowing), the surface seems almost viscous, and the prominences burp up from underneath the surface it like it would lava on Earth. However, I also get that these are time lapse pics, and I know virtually nothing about how long these clips actually are. If they are just fractions of a second, obviously the surface is different than what it looks like in the pics.

That was kind of long winded. Sorry.

Edit: So it appears these are taken over a *longer* period of time. My question stands. Is the surface of the sun viscous? Is that plasma (that's a thing, right?) or just crazy hot helium or what?