Sunspots

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Have you heard about the huge sunspots that are facing Earth now? It’s been some years since there’s been some HUGE ones…big enough to fit Jupiter in them HUGE! I got excited and thought I’d dig out my solar filter and photograph the Sun since I haven’t in a long time.

I made this image September 9th in the morning just a little after the sun crested the mountains.

Sun on September 9, 2021

The biggest sunspot is AR2866, and the other big one one above it is AR2868. There are couple of little ones there too.

The big sunspots can produce big flares or CME’s – Coronal Mass Ejections so the space folks will be watching for those. CME’s can weaken the magnetosphere and they can produce blackouts. Hopefully that doesn’t happen.

It’s been some time since we could see so many sunspots on the Sun and that was at the tail end of Cycle 24 back in 2017. I find it so fascinating and thought I’d share my image with you in case you do too.

Have a lovely week-end everyone!

Fuji X-T3| Fuji 100-400mm @400mm| Orion Solar filter| PS CC 22.5

more to come…

Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Nevada at the base of the Eastern Sierras. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

26 thoughts on “Sunspots”

    1. Yes, corona mass ejection- solar storm. Back in March 1989 there was a CME that a few days later when it hit Earth left Quebec without power for 9 hours!! Our electric grids are not shored up enough to take the big CME’s. I’d love to see that being addressed and fixed.

  1. Thanks for introducing the sunspots to us, Deborah, in this exquisite photo that really shows them. I have heard of sunspots but know nothing about them, so this was delightfully illustrative and informative. Thank you!

  2. Great picture, Deborah. I did know about sunspots, but really never have given it a thought. Like they being so huge! And influencing the envriroment. Life on earth is all about equilibrium. A little to hot or to cold and it would not have been possible. Sunspots are cool (duh) but let’s ask the sun not overdo it. 🙂

    1. LOL! I agree! Isn’t it amazing how this planet is perfectly designed for us! You might have some lovely auroras tomorrow up in your part of the hemisphere tomorrow from a small CME that happened on the 8th.

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