It appears that some sunspots have become visible on Sols eastern limb. SOHOa.k.a Solar and Heliospheric observatory has yet to designate a number,so I am going to take the opportunity to give it a number,which should be sunspot number 978.I have been watching the activity as it began to make it’s way around the limb.One of the signs that something was happening was by watching the glowing bulge from the EIT image on Soho’s home page.The bulge has steadily been growing for the past few days and I knew their was a increase in activity.Since the sun is unofficially in solar minimum right now,I have found that any sunspot activity lately as exciting.
In other news,I am finding quite tough adjusting to my new job.Don’t get me wrong,the work isn’t bad and the fast pace is something I like (time seems to go by really fast).The only tough part of the new job is that I have to wake up at 1:30am!!!.This really puts a wet blanket on any observing that I want to do because, I have to go to sleep by 7-7:30pm and THAT is when all the really interesting DSO’s come into full view 😦 .I just hope that we have some clear skies on the weekends!.
I took these images of the sun at noontime today.The skies were absolutely clear.Unfortunately,it was quite breezy and the temps were in the upper teens F.Brrrrrrrrr!!!!!.
The first image was taken at prime focus and the second was taken with a 25mm lens and 2x barlow.Both images are a bit out of focus due to the breeze causing the OTA to vibrate and for the fact that I was standing on the tips of my feet just to look through the DSLR viewfinder.