Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sunspot at Sunset
Posted on 01/08/2014 4:03:03 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Sunsets may be the most watched celestial event, but lately sunsets have even offered something extra. A sunspot so large it was visible to the naked eye is captured in Swiss skies in this sunset scene from January 5, crossing left to right near the center of a solar disk dimmed and distorted by Earth's dense atmosphere. Detailed views reveal a large solar active region composed of sunspots, some larger than planet Earth itself. Cataloged as active region AR 1944, on January 7 it produced a substantial solar flare and a coronal mass ejection (CME) forecast to reach Earth. The CME could trigger geomagnetic storms and aurora on January 9.
(Excerpt) Read more at 188.8.131.52 ...
[Credit & Copyright: Jürg Alean]
We’re going to see a lot more of these as big-business and the oil companies fail to take responsibility for solar C02 levels.
Thanks for the new desktop !
A little Clearasil will take care of that! ;-)
Here’s the NOAA POES Auroral Activity Map site. The northern hemisphere movie (on the left menu) is cool during high solar activity.
Back in 1999 (also a year of insane DX radio skip), I watched the aurora for about 20 minutes from the company jet over the Great Salt Lake Desert in western Utah. Only other time I saw it was in Alberta. Ethereal experience ...
Looks like the sun gave itself melanoma.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.