I had a pretty busy weekend as I spent Friday night and all day Saturday working at the Mount Lemmon Sky Center. Friday night we had a SkyNights program and Saturday saw the Discovery Days event. To the left is a picture of the current 24" RCOS telescope. Excitement among staff at the Sky Center is increasing as in mid-September, this telescope will be taken offline and a new 32" will be installed! If the quality of the mirror is as good as the 24", visitors to the observatory will be in for quite a treat. I am told that this telescope will be the largest telescope in Arizona that is solely dedicated to public observing, education and outreach. Pretty neat if you ask me. Below is a picture I took outside the dome (about a week ago) and you can see the moon as well as Venus.
Anyway, Sunday morning I was fairly tired from the events, but the sky was as clear as it had been in two days and I decided to pull out my solar scope and make a sketch of the sun. My sketch was completed at 1535 UT (8:35 AM MST). While there is a mildly active region in the southwest (AR 11100) that includes two dark filaments, I was rather impressed with the large prominence in the northeast. Of course, my sketch to the right does not do justice to the ethereal nature of this prominence. Fortunately, a solar observer named Michael Buxton in California made a time lapse video of the prominence and posted it on you tube. Check it out!