The Sun is a common target for astronomers both professional and amateur. It's so big and bright that you can really see a lot of detail, and every year a lot of pictures of it hit the 'net. You can get jaded from them all.
Which is why Alan Friedman's solar portrait
blew me away when I saw it. It's actually a composite of two pictures: the outer limb of the Sun combined with a seperate shot of the Sun's disk. Not only that, he inverted the shot of the disk, essentially taking the negative. It gives the Sun a fuzzy, eerie appearance, and startled me when I saw it. I've never seen the Sun displayed in quite this way, giving it a beauty and delicacy I wouldn't thought possible. It's truly the most amazing picture of the Sun I've seen this year. And don't miss Alan's close-up shots of the limb
, either!Get the higher-res version here.Image credit: Alan Friedman, used with permission.