Pictures of the Sun

A guide to our host star the Sun, and pictures of the solar disc captured by astrophotographers.

Sun with PST & DSLR by Jarrod, Nossegem, Belgium. Equipment: Coronado PST, Canon 450D, Baader Hyperion Zoom and processed in photoshop.

At about 1,400,000km in diameter, the Sun is the biggest and most influential body in the Solar System.

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Weighing some two million trillion trillion kilograms, the Sun makes up 99.98% of the mass in the Solar System, though in astronomical terms it is only a medium-sized star.

This huge bulk causes intense pressure in the Sun’s core, where temperatures can reach over 1,000,000°C.

The Sun in Halpha by Luigi Fiorentino, Bari, Italy. Equipment: Lunt Ha 60 Pressure Tuning, BW Webcam Point Grey Chamaleon
The Sun in H-alpha by Luigi Fiorentino, Bari, Italy. Equipment: Lunt Ha 60 Pressure Tuning, BW Webcam Point Grey Chamaleon

By the time the plasma (charged hydrogen and helium particles) reaches the surface, however, it has cooled to a mere 5,500°C – still white hot, emitting light powerful enough to provide the Solar System with its energy.

Sometimes the plasma erupts from the surface, creating a huge loop structure known as a solar prominence.

The Sun’s extreme conditions create a highly dynamic object. Its outer layers are constantly being shed, creating a solar wind of high-energy particles that sweeps through the Solar System.

Meanwhile, inside the star, the plasma’s motion creates a giant magnetic field that extends 18 billion kilometres from the Sun.

Every 11 years this field flips, causing matter from deep inside the star to bubble up to the surface, exploding in spectacular solar flares. This 11-year period is known as the solar cycle.

The Solar Powerhouse by Nick Howes, Cherhill, Wilsthire, UK. Equipment: Solarscope SV50, Lumenera Skynyx 2-1m CCD, EQ3 Pro mount Lucam Recorder.
The Solar Powerhouse by Nick Howes, Cherhill, Wilsthire, UK. Equipment: Solarscope SV50, Lumenera Skynyx 2-1m CCD, EQ3 Pro mount Lucam Recorder.

Below is a selection of images of the Sun captured by solar astrophotographers.

Observing and photographing the Sun is extremely dangerous and must only be done by experienced observers and photographers using specially designed, safe solar observing equipment.

Otherwise, you could seriously damage your eyesight and equipment.

For more info, read our guides on how to observe the Sun and how to photograph the Sun.

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Mosaic of the Sun by Gary Palmer, Sutton Surrey, UK. Equipment: Solarmax II 90, DMK 31, CGEM mount.
Mosaic of the Sun by Gary Palmer, Sutton Surrey, UK. Equipment: Solarmax II 90, DMK 31, CGEM mount.
Sun with PST & DSLR by Jarrod, Nossegem, Belgium. Equipment: Coronado PST, Canon 450D, Baader Hyperion Zoom and processed in photoshop.
Sun with PST & DSLR by Jarrod, Nossegem, Belgium. Equipment: Coronado PST, Canon 450D, Baader Hyperion Zoom and processed in photoshop.
Sun Set Canon 50D by Brian.M.Johnson, Scotland, UK. Equipment: Canon 50D 200mm Lens
Sun Set Canon 50D by Brian.M.Johnson, Scotland, UK. Equipment: Canon 50D 200mm Lens
The Sun in h-alpha on November 13, 2011 by Michael Borman, Evansville, Indiana, USA. Equipment: Televue 102iis refractor, Coronado SM90 h-alpha filter with BF30, DMK41AU02.AS camera, .5x focal reducer, Celestron CGE Pro mount.
The Sun in h-alpha on November 13, 2011 by Michael Borman, Evansville, Indiana, USA. Equipment: Televue 102iis refractor, Coronado SM90 h-alpha filter with BF30, DMK41AU02.AS camera, .5x focal reducer, Celestron CGE Pro mount.
Sun in Ha by Jeff Teasdale, UK. Equipment: PST & DMK-41
Sun in Ha by Jeff Teasdale, UK. Equipment: PST & DMK-41
The Sun 23-07-2012 by I. Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: DMK31, Solarmax60S
The Sun 23-07-2012 by I. Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: DMK31, Solarmax60S
Sun Mosaic by Gary Palmer, Sutton Surrey, UK. Equipment: Solarmax II 90, Celestron CGEM mount, DMK 31.
Sun Mosaic by Gary Palmer, Sutton Surrey, UK. Equipment: Solarmax II 90, Celestron CGEM mount, DMK 31.
Sun Mosaic by Gary Palmer, Sutton Surrey, UK. Equipment: Solarmax II 90, Celestron CGEM mount, DMK 31.
Sun Mosaic by Gary Palmer, Sutton Surrey, UK. Equipment: Solarmax II 90, Celestron CGEM mount, DMK 31.
Sun 4th Sep 2012 by I. Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: Solarmax 60S DMK31, NEQ6
Sun 4th Sep 2012 by I. Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: Solarmax 60S DMK31, NEQ6
Sun in H-alpha 28-10-2012 by Andre van der Hoeven, HI-Ambacht, The Netherlands. Equipment: Lunt 60/BF1200, NEQ-6, DMK21-618
Sun in H-alpha 28-10-2012 by Andre van der Hoeven, HI-Ambacht, The Netherlands. Equipment: Lunt 60/BF1200, NEQ-6, DMK21-618
2012 in summary by John W. O'Neal, II, Amherst, Ohio, USA. Equipment: Lunt Solar Systems LS60THa, B1200 Blocking Filter, DMK31AU03.as, Antares 0.5 focal Reducer, Losmandy G-11, iOptron IEQ30.
2012 in summary by John W. O’Neal, II, Amherst, Ohio, USA. Equipment: Lunt Solar Systems LS60THa, B1200 Blocking Filter, DMK31AU03.as, Antares 0.5 focal Reducer, Losmandy G-11, iOptron IEQ30.
The May Day Sun by Brian Straight, West Lafayette, IN. Equipment: PST, SolarMaxII double-stacked filter, Microsoft LifeCam.
The May Day Sun by Brian Straight, West Lafayette, IN. Equipment: PST, SolarMaxII double-stacked filter, Microsoft LifeCam.
Solar Mosaic by Tom Wakefield, Salford, Manchester, UK. Equipment: Single stack Coronado Solarmax 60, Opticstar PX 137M, X2 Barlow.
Solar Mosaic by Tom Wakefield, Salford, Manchester, UK. Equipment: Single stack Coronado Solarmax 60, Opticstar PX 137M, X2 Barlow.
Sun Full Disc by Stuart Green, Preston, Lancashire, UK. Equipment: Coronado PST, DMK41 mono CCD.
Sun Full Disc by Stuart Green, Preston, Lancashire, UK. Equipment: Coronado PST, DMK41 mono CCD.
The Sun by John T Smith, Wareham, Dorset, UK. Equipment: Canon EOS1000D, 1.25 T mount, Sky Watcher Evo 90mm scope undriven.
The Sun by John T Smith, Wareham, Dorset, UK. Equipment: Canon EOS1000D, 1.25 T mount, Sky Watcher Evo 90mm scope undriven.
Sun in White Light 18/01/14 by Jarrod Bennett, Mutxamel, Spain. Equipment: 6
Sun in White Light 18/01/14 by Jarrod Bennett, Mutxamel, Spain. Equipment: 6″ Reflector, Canon 450D, Baader Solar film ND 3.8
The Sun in White Light by Martin Davison, Middleton-St-George, Darlington, UK. Equipment: Celestron 127SLT, Baader film, Smart Phone
The Sun in White Light by Martin Davison, Middleton-St-George, Darlington, UK. Equipment: Celestron 127SLT, Baader film, Smart Phone
The sun with Orange Filter by Martin Davison, Middleton-St-George, Darlington, UK. Equipment: Celestron 127slt, Baader film, orange filter, smart phone
The sun with Orange Filter by Martin Davison, Middleton-St-George, Darlington, UK. Equipment: Celestron 127slt, Baader film, orange filter, smart phone
Our Sun by David Burr, Wimborne, Dorset, UK. Equipment: Celestron CGEM mount, Williams Optics 120mm Refractor, Canon Eos 650D camera.
Our Sun by David Burr, Wimborne, Dorset, UK. Equipment: Celestron CGEM mount, Williams Optics 120mm Refractor, Canon Eos 650D camera.
The Sun by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire. UK. Equipment: Lunt 35mm Ha Telescope, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, DMK41 mono camera.
The Sun by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire. UK. Equipment: Lunt 35mm Ha Telescope, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, DMK41 mono camera.
April 21st Full Disc and Proms by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60 pressure tuned, Chameleon mono camera, EQ8 mount
April 21st Full Disc and Proms by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60 pressure tuned, Chameleon mono camera, EQ8 mount
May 13th 12 Pane Mosaic Imaging Source Cam by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60 Pressure Tuned, 2 x Celestron Barlow, Imaging Source DMK21au618 camera
May 13th 12 Pane Mosaic Imaging Source Cam by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60 Pressure Tuned, 2 x Celestron Barlow, Imaging Source DMK21au618 camera
12 pane mosaic May 13th Inverted disc by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60 Pressure Tuned, DMK21au618.
12 pane mosaic May 13th Inverted disc by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60 Pressure Tuned, DMK21au618.
Full Solar Disc by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt l60, Chameleon mono camera, Skywatcher EQ8 mount
Full Solar Disc by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt l60, Chameleon mono camera, Skywatcher EQ8 mount
Full Solar Disc May 17th by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60, Chameleon camera, Autostakkert 2.
Full Solar Disc May 17th by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60, Chameleon camera, Autostakkert 2.
The Sun 18-05-2014 by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: ASI120MM, NEQ6, Solarmax 60S
The Sun 18-05-2014 by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: ASI120MM, NEQ6, Solarmax 60S
Solar Discs in 3 Wavelengths by Mike Garbett, Walsall, UK. Equipment: Lunt 60mm, Baader Ceramic Wedge, Solarmax40, DMK41
Solar Discs in 3 Wavelengths by Mike Garbett, Walsall, UK. Equipment: Lunt 60mm, Baader Ceramic Wedge, Solarmax40, DMK41
Solar Disk in Hydrogen Alpha by Stuart Green, Preston, Lancashire, UK. Equipment: Lunt 60mm hydrogen alpha solar telescope, DMK41 monoCCD.
Solar Disk in Hydrogen Alpha by Stuart Green, Preston, Lancashire, UK. Equipment: Lunt 60mm hydrogen alpha solar telescope, DMK41 monoCCD.
The Sun by Andrew Mackenzie, Wigan, UK. Equipment: GE x2600 camera, Celestron Powerseeker 76AZ Telescope, Red telescope filter, homemade solar filter.
The Sun by Andrew Mackenzie, Wigan, UK. Equipment: GE x2600 camera, Celestron Powerseeker 76AZ Telescope, Red telescope filter, homemade solar filter.
Full Solar Disk Mosiac by Peter J Williamson FRAS, Whittington, Shropshire, UK. Equipment: Coronado 90mm Solarmax II, ZWOAS120MM Camera
Full Solar Disk Mosiac by Peter J Williamson FRAS, Whittington, Shropshire, UK. Equipment: Coronado 90mm Solarmax II, ZWOAS120MM Camera
Solar Disc in 3 Wavelengths by Mike Garbett, Walsall, West Midlands, UK. Equipment: HEQ5 Pro, Lunt 60, Baader ceramic wedge, Lunt CaK1200 filter, SolarMax 40, PG Grasshopper 3 camera.
Solar Disc in 3 Wavelengths by Mike Garbett, Walsall, West Midlands, UK. Equipment: HEQ5 Pro, Lunt 60, Baader ceramic wedge, Lunt CaK1200 filter, SolarMax 40, PG Grasshopper 3 camera.
The Sun by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire. UK. Equipment: Lunt 35mm Ha Telescope, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, DMK41 mono camera.
The Sun by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire. UK. Equipment: Lunt 35mm Ha Telescope, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, DMK41 mono camera.
sun 24/3/2015 by Peter Taylor, Coventry, UK. Equipment: EZ80, Loadestar CCD, Baader Filter
sun 24/3/2015 by Peter Taylor, Coventry, UK. Equipment: EZ80, Loadestar CCD, Baader Filter
SUN IN WHITELIGHT 2/4/2015 by Peter Taylor, Coventry, UK. Equipment: ZS80IIED, Loadestar CCD, Baader Filter, ND96(0.9) IR Block
SUN IN WHITELIGHT 2/4/2015 by Peter Taylor, Coventry, UK. Equipment: ZS80IIED, Loadestar CCD, Baader Filter, ND96(0.9) IR Block
Solar Disk by John Maclean, Exeter, UK. Equipment: Atik314L+, Coronado PST Solarscope
Solar Disk by John Maclean, Exeter, UK. Equipment: Atik314L+, Coronado PST Solarscope
3 Pane Mosaic Inverted Disc Mono Bckground by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60 double-stacked pressure-tuned solarscope, Chameleon mono camera.
3 Pane Mosaic Inverted Disc Mono Bckground by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60 double-stacked pressure-tuned solarscope, Chameleon mono camera.
3 Pane Mosaic Inverted Disc Mono by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60 pressure-tuned, 50mm external Etalon, Chameleon mono camera, EQ8 mount.
3 Pane Mosaic Inverted Disc Mono by Stephen Jennette, Morecambe, UK. Equipment: Lunt L60 pressure-tuned, 50mm external Etalon, Chameleon mono camera, EQ8 mount.
Full Disk image of the Sun by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: ZWO ASI174mm, Solarmax60S, NEQ6, Televue Barlow 2.5x
Full Disk image of the Sun by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: ZWO ASI174mm, Solarmax60S, NEQ6, Televue Barlow 2.5x
Full Disk image of the Sun by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: ZWO ASI174mm, Solarmax60S, NEQ6, Televue Barlow 2.5x
Full Disk image of the Sun by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: ZWO ASI174mm, Solarmax60S, NEQ6, Televue Barlow 2.5x
The Sun 12-05-2015 by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: Solarmax60S, 2.5x Televue Barlow, ASI174mm camera
The Sun 12-05-2015 by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: Solarmax60S, 2.5x Televue Barlow, ASI174mm camera
The Sun 07-06-2015 by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: Solarmax60S, ZWO ASI174mm.
The Sun 07-06-2015 by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: Solarmax60S, ZWO ASI174mm.
Inverted Full disk and false coloured Image of The Sun by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: Solarmax60S, ASI174mm, NEQ6
Inverted Full disk and false coloured Image of The Sun by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: Solarmax60S, ASI174mm, NEQ6
The Sun in Hydrogen-Alpha by Bill McSorley, Leeds, UK. Equipment: 70mm Tele-Vue refractor, Coronado Hydrogen Alpha filters, QHY5L-II colour planetary camera, Celestron Alt-Az mount.
The Sun in Hydrogen-Alpha by Bill McSorley, Leeds, UK. Equipment: 70mm Tele-Vue refractor, Coronado Hydrogen Alpha filters, QHY5L-II colour planetary camera, Celestron Alt-Az mount.
The Sun by Nick, Long Island, NY, USA. Equipment: Celestron Mini 70mm, Note 3
The Sun by Nick, Long Island, NY, USA. Equipment: Celestron Mini 70mm, Note 3
Our Sun by Nick, Long Island, NY, USA. Equipment: Celestron C70, Note 3, Thousand Oaks Optical
Our Sun by Nick, Long Island, NY, USA. Equipment: Celestron C70, Note 3, Thousand Oaks Optical
New Year Sun by Paul Cotton, Lincolnshire, UK. Equipment: Lunt LS50Tha telescope, ZWO ASI120MM camera, Skywatcher EQ5 mount
New Year Sun by Paul Cotton, Lincolnshire, UK. Equipment: Lunt LS50Tha telescope, ZWO ASI120MM camera, Skywatcher EQ5 mount
The Sun 09 April 2017 by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: Solarmax60S, 2.5x Teleview Barlow, ASI174mm, NEQ6.
The Sun 09 April 2017 by Ivar Kooren, Heenvliet, The Netherlands. Equipment: Solarmax60S, 2.5x Teleview Barlow, ASI174mm, NEQ6.
Full Solar Disk by Wayne Stallard, Basildon, Essex, UK. Equipment: Takahashi FSQ106, iOptron ZEQ25GT Mount, Quark eyepiece, ASI 174MM Camera
Full Solar Disk by Wayne Stallard, Basildon, Essex, UK. Equipment: Takahashi FSQ106, iOptron ZEQ25GT Mount, Quark eyepiece, ASI 174MM Camera
A Busy Sun by Paul Mason, Cannock, UK. Equipment: Nexi Image Burst camera, Lunt LS50THa, B600PT 50mm H-Alpha Telescope.
A Busy Sun by Paul Mason, Cannock, UK. Equipment: Nexi Image Burst camera, Lunt LS50THa, B600PT 50mm H-Alpha Telescope.
Inverted Sun 5th November 2017 by Amit Sharma, London, UK. Equipment: TS Optics 60ED, iOptron Smarteq, Daystar Quark Chromosphere Ha Filter, Baader UV-IR cut filter, DMK41AU04.AS mono CCD, 0.5x nosepiece reducer
Inverted Sun 5th November 2017 by Amit Sharma, London, UK. Equipment: TS Optics 60ED, iOptron Smarteq, Daystar Quark Chromosphere Ha Filter, Baader UV-IR cut filter, DMK41AU04.AS mono CCD, 0.5x nosepiece reducer
Sol Interior H Alpha by Fernando Oliveira De Menezes, Chapada Dos Guimares, Brazil. Equipment: APO 80mm TS 6 elements, Focal reducer 0.5x GSO, Daystar cromosphere, Yes 174mm, Filter IR CUT daystar
Sol Interior H Alpha by Fernando Oliveira De Menezes, Chapada Dos Guimares, Brazil. Equipment: APO 80mm TS 6 elements, Focal reducer 0.5x GSO, Daystar cromosphere, Yes 174mm, Filter IR CUT daystar
Bank Holiday Sun by Amit Sharma, London, UK. Equipment: TS Optics 60ED Apochromat, Quark Chromosphere Ha filter, Imaging Source DMK41AU03.AS
Bank Holiday Sun by Amit Sharma, London, UK. Equipment: TS Optics 60ED Apochromat, Quark Chromosphere Ha filter, Imaging Source DMK41AU03.AS
The Sun in Hydrogen-Alpha by Bill McSorley, Leeds, UK. Equipment: TeleVue Pronto, Coronado Ha Filters, Celestron 5e Alt/Az Mount.
The Sun in Hydrogen-Alpha by Bill McSorley, Leeds, UK. Equipment: TeleVue Pronto, Coronado Ha Filters, Celestron 5e Alt/Az Mount.