Picture: Ralph Smith / Barcroft India | Amateur astronomer Ralph Smith photographed these close-ups of the sun from his garden. Ralph, from Deeral in Queensland, Australia, used off the shelf equipment to capture the detailed snaps. The results show huge bursts of flames - known as prominences - leaping from the Sun’s surface. Others highlight giant sunspots - cooler areas on the Sun’s photosphere - which are often larger in size than Earth itself.
Picture: Henry Jager/HotSpot Media | Underwater photographer Henry Jager, 43, photographed this glowing jellyfish on a visit to Marsa Shoona in Egypt. ‘I wanted my photograph to play with the tension being close to potential dangerous but extremely beautiful animal,’ said Henry. ‘On the one hand you can enjoy the beauty of the jellyfish, but on the other hand it’s very frightening, and I often get people asking me how I dare to go that close.’
Explanation: What spooky planet is this? Planet Earth of course, on the dark and stormy night of September 12 at Hverir, a geothermally active area along the volcanic landscape in northeastern Iceland. Geomagnetic storms produced the auroral display in the starry night sky while ghostly towers of steam and gas venting from fumaroles danced against the eerie greenish light.
Stephen sniffed. He was perfectly aware of Jack’s dislike for saying anything unpleasant about a former shipmate, and although he honoured the principle in theory, in practice he found it somewhat irritating.