If this dark ball look somehow familiar, it’s because it’s our Sun. In the above image, the Sun and a starfield are color inverted. Image credit: Jim Lafferty Used with permission.
A detailed solar view was captured originally in a very specific color of red light, then rendered in black and white, and then color inverted. Once complete, the resulting image was added to a starfield, then also color inverted.
The past two years the surface of our Sun has become a particularly busy place, because it is now nearing Solar Maximum, the time when its surface magnetic field is wound up the most. The plasma expelled can also become picturesque when it impacts the Earth’s magnetosphere and creates auroras.