Solar Cinema: Sunspot Observation

Hey! Do you have any sunblock? You're going to need it. Trust me. If you continue reading this post and end up with a burned neck...well...don't say I didn't warn you.


The sun is still being lazy. What a surprise! 4.6 billion years of constant particle fusion...and this is what we get? I'm not impressed. The sun is capable of barfing plasma and spitting flares. We all seen what the sun is capable of. Drinking binges...snorting comet dust...smoking who knows what. Did you hear about that time in the asteroid belt? Nevermind.

Sunspot 2526 is all by its lonesome self. And that’s somewhat unusual. Sunspots tend to sprout negative and positive pairs, or perhaps a small grouping can manifest. So…what the hell is going on?


It’s simple.


I lied.


Sunspot 2526 is not by its lonesome self…did you notice the faint smudge next to it? No? Let’s take a closer look:



…See it now? No? Okay. Hold on.


Sunspot 2526


There we go! Unmistakable. Sure, sure—the sunspot is surely puny…but it reinforces the idea that sunspots sprout in pairs. Sort of. The smudge is most likely a pore (a developing sunspot). I’m not sure if that particular pore is associated with sunspot 2526.


Do you desire an even closer look? Slap on your sunblock (SPF-100000000), and then smack the play button.


What will happen to sunspot 2526? Flare? Peaceful migration? Place your bets!


**Technical Information**


Date: March 29, 2016

SN: 2526

Weather: Windy

Seeing: Poor

Camera: Canon Rebel T5i (Prime Focus)

Telescope: Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov

Accessories: Orion Glass Solar Filter / Orion 2x Barlow Lens

Goal: Sunspot Observation / Pore Observation

Track Sunspots: SOHO Observatory


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12 Comments on Solar Cinema: Sunspot Observation

  1. Love this post, especially your clever tone. I’m betting that the sunspot will flare.
    P.S. Tell the sun to get its ass up to Alaska, okay?

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    • Thanks for reading and taking interest! You never know — the sunspot could possibly unleash a flare. The sunspot is currently active, but it may rotate out of view. Personally, I think it’s going to rotate out view (because the sun is not expressing much activity these days)


  2. Your sunspot series sizzles with suspense . . . will that smudge sprout into a significant SPOT? Will it shadow the original sunspot?

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    • Oh…I know what happens…your spine will quake…while you nibble on fingernails…but…you…will…have…to…wait…and…find…out…can you feel the suspense? I hope so! Haha — thanks for watching!

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  3. The sun does not get enough airing and attention, you are doing her proud! even if it is quite tame just now.

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    • The sun could be much tamer than usual the next few years. I read that the sun could be ‘hibernating’ for the next 11 years (possibly longer), but I’m not sure how accurate that statement is.

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      • Hmmm, I hope she is doing some exiting stuff some time soon , if she waits too long…who knows, life is short. But wait, maybe he gods will allow me to witness it all from another realm, we live but in hope.

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      • Well…solar activity may increase at some point in the next 11 years! Haha. Or longer.


  4. I was happy to read sunspots are never lonely and always have a friend nearby; even if that friend’s a little faded.

    Hey, you’re a trickster! 😀 At first glance, your sunspot post is deceptively brief, but when you review the links and videos, it takes quite awhile to take in all your fascinating points. I feel my brain is just about ready to have a plasma explosion! I see what you did! You wanted us to experience a bit of what it must feel like to be the sun; exerting all that energy. Lol. Mission accomplished, Fly. Now, to wipe off all my brain matter from the floor…

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    • Well…I think it’s possible for a sunspot to be all by its lonesome self, but it’s not a typical occurrence. Negative and positive pairs tend to be quite common.

      Yessss! I love inducing mental paroxysms!

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  5. guttermutt // 03/30/2016 at 9:46 am // Reply

    Hmmm – are you sure that’s not melanoma???

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