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Friday, September 16, 2011
Spotapalooza - A festival of sunspots!
I am working remotely from my home office today, which provided me an opportunity to grab a quick peek at the Sun while eating some lunch. I did not have enough time to make a hydrogen alpha sketch, but the white light view of the Sun revealed as many spots as I can remember seeing in several years. It is a downright spotapalooza! A festival of sunspots! As it is mid-day, the atmospheric seeing conditions are a bit unsteady and it is difficult to tell how many small spots are in the larger regions. Regardless, there are too many to accurately sketch them all while eating a sandwich and stressing out about job related nonsense. Below is my sketch from 1840 UT, and a comparison image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory taken at 1824 UT. I completed my sketch using my TEC 140mm APO and a Lunt Solar Systems Herschel Prism.