Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Spotty Sunrise over Brisbane
Posted on 07/10/2014 9:26:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: In this composite cityscape, dawn's first colors backdrop the lights along Brisbane's skyline at the southeastern corner of Queensland, Australia, planet Earth. Using a solar filter, additional exposures made every 3.5 minutes follow the winter sunrise on July 8 as planet-sized sunspots cross the visible solar disk. The sunspots mark solar active regions with convoluted magnetic fields. Even as the maximum in the solar activity cycle begins to fade, the active regions produce intense solar flares and eruptions launching coronal mass ejections (CMEs), enormous clouds of energetic particles, into our fair solar system.
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[Credit & Copyright: Stephen Mudge]
That is a beautiful picture, and the one on the APOD site is even better. The sunspots
are interesting, and the lights in the city really make the whole thing perfect.
Thank you, Mr. Civilizations.
Photo by S.Mudge ;)