Posted by kohamher1
on Sunday, January 15, 2012

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Crackling with C-class solar flares, a pair of active sunspots is emerging over the sun's northeastern limb today. Our BRASSO SID Receiver recorded 3 flares yesterday afternoon just before sunset. BRASSO Solar Graphs can be found here:

 Sunspot 1401 produced an M1-flare on Jan. 14th. Two days earlier, while it was still on the farside of the sun, sunspot 1402 produced a partially-eclipsed flare of uncertain magnitude that created waves of ionization in the atmosphere over Europe.

 To make these spots even more interesting one needs to observe them with a Hydrogen Alpha filter. As the two HUGE sunspots emerge over the limb they resemble a set of eyes. And to make it even better there is a huge filament beneath them that looks like a huge crescent, adding a smile beneath the eyes.

 Imagine my surprise when I looked in the scope today and saw this smiley face looking back at me.....

This is a composite of 3 images stitched together.

Scope: Lunt Solar Systems LS60THa w/ B1200CRF

Mount: Losmandy G-11 mounted in a Skyshed POD

Camera: Canon 40D using EOS MOV_REC capture

Each section utilized 4000 frames, Stacked in Registax v6

Image stitched and colorized in Adobe Photoshop CS5.1

Tags: Sun
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