Unique time-lapse video shows sunspots on setting sun

sunset with sunspots

Time-lapse video of setting sun with sunspots and filaments. Photo is a screen grab from video

Göran Strand spent a year planning a unique time-lapse video of a sunset with the sun, replete with sunspots and filaments, going down behind an iconic radar tower in his hometown of Östersund, Sweden.

Strand, a professional photographer whose passion is astronomy, captured the moment beautifully. Watch what Universe Today described as a "jaw-dropping sunset time-lapse":

Strand posted the video on Facebook and YouTube on Monday with this description:

"Yesterday I went out to shoot a sunset I’ve planed since last summer. This time of the year, the sun passes right behind a big radar tower if you stand at the Swedish National Biathlon Arena in Östersund. The radar tower is located about 10 km [6 miles] away from the arena in a small village called Ås. I shoot the movie using my solar telescope to capture the structures on the sun. The timing was perfect and the sun looked really nice since it was full of sunspots and big filaments."

Strand was named astrophotographer of the year in Sweden in 2013, and based on this dynamic time-lapse video of the sun and his other sunset photos that appear on his Facebook page, you can understand why.

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