Well done sunshine!

A photograph taken through a telescope by Amatuer astronomer Andrew Devey from Barnsley

A photograph taken through a telescope by Amatuer astronomer Andrew Devey from Barnsley

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Stargazer Andy Devey’s head is in the clouds after his close-up snaps of the sun taken from back garden of his South Yorkshire home 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.

Andy, aged 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.

“It started off as a hobby but I suppose it’s become an obsession,” said Andy, who is married with three grown-up children.

“My target is specifically the sun. I don’t stand in the garden on freezing nights so I get the benefit of a nice day to pursue my passion.

“I have been interested in astronomy since I was a child and it’s just grown from there.

“My dad used to point out the constellations to me. I was fascinated and as the years went by I wanted to learn more and more.

“I started buying telescopes in 2004 and the following year I became a member of the Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society and also the British Astronomical Association in 2005. My equipment inventory just keeps accumulating

“The sun is the biggest target in our solar system and my goal is to photograph and video the sun to show just how dynamic it is.

“I have been really lucky because I got on the front cover of the British Astronomical Association year book this year with a very large explosion on the edge of the sun.

“Since then I have been a pretty regular feature on the NASA website but then last Thursday got on the front cover of the website for the first time.

“I’m really proud with the achievements and all this has come from the back garden of a house in Barnsley.”

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