Photographer Creates Ultra Detailed 300-Megapixel Image of the Sun With Photos Captured in His Backyard

High Resolution Photo of the Sun

Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy never takes a break. Off the heels of an image that captured the full sequence of the partial lunar eclipse, he's back with an incredible photo of the Sun. As usual, it's filled with rich detail thanks to the sheer volume of images he combined together. All told, 150,000 photos were used to achieve this final result.

Titled Fire and Fusion, this 300-megapixel photo highlights the swirling, feathery surface of the Sun. Using a modified telescope, McCarthy was able to take his most detailed photo yet of the Sun. The result is a feast for the eyes. Solar flares and sunspots are visible, showing just how chaotic this ball of plasma really is. For McCarthy, the Sun is a constant source of inspiration. “Every time I shoot it, I see different shapes in the plasma. It's fascinating,” he tells My Modern Met.

Incredibly, McCarthy was able to capture this photo right from his backyard in Arizona. In fact, all the images he used to compose the photo were taken in one day. As always, he needed to be patient and make sure that the atmosphere stabilized prior to shooting. Luckily, he got a clear view at the end of November to make this photo a reality.

He's made the photo available as a limited edition print and digital download via his website.  If you'd like to support his work on an ongoing basis, you can also join his Patreon, where he makes full-resolution versions of his images available for at-home printing.

See some of the spectacular details from Andrew McCarthy's high-resolution photo of the Sun.

Details of the Sun's Surface by Andrew McCarthy

Details of the Sun's Surface by Andrew McCarthy

150,000 photos were used to create this 300-megapixel look at the Sun.

Solar Flares by Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy: Website | Instagram | Patreon | YouTube 

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Andrew McCarthy.

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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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