Some superb action with spots and proms, a real joy to watch compared to the recent lack of activity , Nick.
A plethora of features today!
2 sunspots, no less! A luxury in these quiet days. Also presents the opportunity to produce a “Chromosphere transition” movie by mixing white and Ha images to simulate flying down through the chromosphere.
The prominence observed yesterday shot out a huge plasma streamer overnight. Some of it remained today
Spot 2713 is also showing some nice structure.
Nice prominence today, and a new feature appearing on the advancing limb. Looks like a new spot (AR2713) –
Following some recent complaints from RAG members concerning the lack of solar features (you know who you are), I decided to talk to my friend Amun-Ra, with whom I have a “special relationship”, about this. Mr Ra protested that he had been “ripped off” for years by people with cheap telescopes on window-sills without any reciprocal concessions, when everyone knows you have to go outside with expensive optics in order to pay Him full respect. However, he agreed to making some small features visible for a limited time only, as he had to rush off to negotiate with a minor god of the underworld to try to de-nuclearise the solar system.
So I quickly got these (relatively poor) images early this morning when the sun was at a very oblique angle to the double glazing. I felt it necessary to do this before finding out Mr Ra had changed his mind on his twitter-feed.
(For those unfamiliar with ancient Egyptian gods, Ra was the sun god, Amun was the king of the gods, and they were later merged to become Amun-Ra. I’m sure there can’t be any modern parallels – – – )
Not a great deal going on, but a couple of nice prominences;
Looking at GONG this morning, there were some quite nice prominences, and spot 2612 was developing nicely. The window-sill observatory’s instant availability then came into its own as the murk cleared and i managed these images before the Sun disappeared from view.
Spot 2712 seems to be vanishing. It isn’t very exciting in white light, but in Ha there are lots of swirly bits. 2711 is also about to vanish. There are a couple of reasonable prominences.
The Sun is a bit more interesting today.
The plage that has been around for a while has now developed into a full-blown, if small, sunspot (2711). (Just to the right of centre)
Spot 2710 has all but disappeared.
Interesting X-shaped prominence on the lower left!