Astrophotographer gets close-up look at monster sunspot that led to May’s global auroras

large arcs of fire reach out from the fiery surface of the sun
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Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory Photo Ambassador and member of The World At Night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he specializes in astronomical “Skyscapes” that connect both Earth and the night sky. 

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The image reveals the solar chromosphere captured on a special day which made history here on Earth, when the most severe geomagnetic storm of the last 20 years caused widespread aurora borealis also known as northern lights almost all over the world

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