Star gazer Andy Devey's head is in the clouds after his close-up snaps of the sun, taken from his back garden, were featured on the Nasa website.
His spectacular pictures are now being viewed by millions of space fans around the globe who regularly log on to the world famous website, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.
Andy, 55, a retired colliery manager, who has been an amateur astronomer for six years, uses a host of telescopes and cameras to capture the images from his back garden in Darton, Barnsley.
Other sun shots he's taken have made the front cover of the British Astronomical year book for 2011.
The sun was born 4.6billion years ago and is roughly 100 times wider than the Earth, with a diameter of 840,000 miles and is a fair bit hotter, too.
Its surface temperature is in the region of 5,500C, rising to a whopping 15,000,000C at the center.
This is where hydrogen, which makes up 75 percent of the sun’s mass, is fused into helium at the rate of half a million tons every second. It’s a lot, but there’s enough hydrogen to keep the sun burning for around 5 billion years.
When its hydrogen reserves run out, it will expand into a red giant star and could engulf the Earth.
At this point it will just be burning helium. When that, too, runs out, the sun will collapse into a white dwarf the size of the Earth, made of carbon and oxygen.
It will take billions of years to cool down to the background temperature of the Universe.
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