A Picture of The Sun’s Atmosphere Born from a 90,000-Image Composite

“Fusion of Helios”—Andrew McCarthy and Jason Guenzel’s breathtaking composite of approximately 90,000 images—offers a rare glimpse at the sun’s outermost atmosphere, which is usually concealed by solar glare. To capture the corona, the astrophotographers tapped into NASA’s SOHO data to “geometrically transform Jason’s 2017 eclipse photo to match the features,” McCarthy says in a statement. “The result is a blend of science and art, and my favorite piece of work I’ve been a part of.” Read more (and see more fiery images, complete with wispy spicules) at Colossal.

Image © Andrew McCarthy and Jason Guenzel