Hey! Guess what! The Sun is finally barfing flares and spitting coronal mass ejections! Ha. Just kidding. You should see the look on your face. Solar activity is still at an all time minimum, but that doesn't mean nothing is going on...and I'm not kidding.
Do you remember the pore that was near sunspot 2526? Well…it’s gone. Vanished. Dissipated. Something happened…yeah! Finally. Some action:
The photograph above was taken on March 30, 2016. Sunspot 2526 is actually all by its lonesome self! What happened? The pore is no longer visible. Ahem: Stars seem like pretty jewels at a distance, but once you mush your nose up against the glass of reality and take a close peek, that’s when you see a star’s true nature. It’s a fallacy to think that stars are static objects—eternal candles of the night. Change is a bitch. Not only does change meddle with Earthly inhabitants, but on a stellar level, change re-events mysticism. The universe is not a static stage.
Where was I? Right. Let’s take a gander at another image (taken on March 29, 2016).
The pore was clearly visible on March 29, 2016. Well…to be honest…perhaps it wasn’t a pore. That was just my educated guess. Hmmm…are there any other types of solar phenomenon that can cause irregular smudges? Yes! I’m glad you asked. Hellish heat ascends from the Sun’s core and bursts through the convection zone, causing the photosphere to appear granulated (convection cells). Cooler plasma descends into the fiery depths of the Sun, and this material can appear to be darker than the surrounding warmer material.
Sunspot 2526 is currently hanging at the edge of the Sun’s right limb. It will soon rotate out of view. What a pity.
Don’t need the next two minutes of your life? Great! Smack the play button and get an up-close view of sunspot 2526 before it rotates out of view.