Solar Cinema: Sunspot Observation Part 2

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:

 

Sunspot 2526 (March 30, 2016)

 

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).

 

Sunspot 2526 (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.

 


** Technical Information **

Date: March 30, 2016

Seeing: Good

Weather: Good

Telescope: Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov

Camera: Canon Rebel T5i (Prime Focus)

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

Goal: Sunspot 2526 / Pore Observation

 More Information: SOHO Observatory

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7 Comments on Solar Cinema: Sunspot Observation Part 2

  1. Ah, the long-awaited sequel is here at last and . . . phht, gone like the wind, the spot is just . . . not there . . . or anywhere . . .

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  2. Poor lonesome sunspot. 😔 The sun should just squeeze out more spots or declare a sunspot party. I heard the moon wants to show up with a keg of Corona and cheese balls.

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    • Lunar cheese is a universal delicacy. Galactic adventurers travel the dark cosmos and plunder moons of their coveted cheese. Lunar cheese is formed 2.9 millions years after a major asteroid impact. Quantities are limited.

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  3. Ouch, that ending was painful…I was just feeling nice and mellow , as one does looking at a beautiful sunspot for 2 minutes with romantic music and pleasant thoughts…I should have been more aware and let down the defences too much. Another painful lesson learned…Beware , beware. xx

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