400-Megapixel Photo of the Sun Made From 100,000 Photos

400 Megapixel Photo of the Sun by Andrew McCarthy

Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy has outdone himself with his 400-megapixel image of the Sun. Comprised of over 100,000 individual photos, it's McCarthy's highest-resolution photo of this celestial body.

It only took McCarthy 30 minutes to capture the individual shots after shooting 80 frames per second.  From there, it was all about processing the frames to put together the 40-panel mosaic that makes up the final shot.

While McCarthy has created several high-resolution images of the Sun, many of which we've covered, he's always trying to push the limits of his creativity. And in doing so, he gives us an unparalleled view of the star that warms our planet. From solar flares that leap from its edges to the black sunspots that dot the surface, the photo allows the public a rich view of what makes the Sun so incredible.

“I find these high-resolution photos of celestial bodies are great for capturing the imagination of people who wouldn’t ordinarily think to look at them, and inspiring more people to look up is my mission in life,” shared the photographer.

See more details from the image titled The Star of System Sol below. To get access to the full resolution and support McCarthy's work, join him on Patreon.

Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy has released his highest-resolution photo of the Sun.

400 Megapixel Photo of the Sun by Andrew McCarthy

Made up of over 100,000 individual images, it gives an unparalleled look at the Sun's surface.

Detail of the Sun by Andrew MccArthy

Detail of the Surface of the Sun by Andrew MccArthy

Detail of the Surface of the Sun by Andrew MccArthy

Andrew McCarthy: Website | Instagram | Patreon | TikTok | YouTube

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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