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My first Sun image of the year!

There’s a large active sunspot AR2253 in the center of the sun. NOAA says there’s a 50% chance of M-Class Flare today Jan. 5, 2015 from this Sunspot region.

Solar flares are classified by their x-ray brightness in wavelength range 1-8 Angstroms.
” There are 3 categories: X-Class flares are big; these can trigger radio blackouts around the planet and long lasting radiation storms. M-Class flares are medium sized; they can cause brief radio blackouts that effect Earth’s Polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow M-Class flares. Compared to X-Class and M-Class Flare events, C-Class flares are small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth.”~

January Morning Sun

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4| AF-S Nikkor 14eII TC| Orion Solar Filter|Tripod

More to come…



  1. It’s funny how programmed we are~ I flinched 🙂

  2. Love it!! especially the sunspots!!! Yes I know solar filters as I had one too for my telescope. Quite incredible!!!

  3. Thanks for adding the technical details to your photos. I’ve been meaning to tell you that, but today is a perfect example of when they are helpful. I didn’t know there was such a thing as solar filter although it makes perfect sense. I’ve had them for telescopes.

    • You’re welcome Dan! I appreciate it when others leave technical information about their images and since I do I figure I should give back by adding some to my images.

      My Solar filter is actually made for a telescope. 🙂 I bought one that fits my lens hood. I bought mine from a local Telescope store.

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