Seeing spots

Last night’s late-forming clouds and wind may have stopped SPAC from having a good time at Gott last night, but you can never keep a good astronomer down.  Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for dark, starry nights, we forget all about the closest star to Earth — the Sun.  Right now, we are in the midst of a lot of solar activity, so if you have a telescope with a properly-equipped solar filter, it is a great time to take a peek at Ol’ Sol.  Pictured below is a snapshot I took through my telescope this afternoon.  Several sunspot groups are visible in the photo, but the image doesn’t capture all the detail visible with the naked eye, including different temperature zones, granulation, and convection.

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