Sunspot 978 one week later…..
I want to start this post by asking; Does anyone know the phone number to Mother natures complaint department?.We have had clouds,cold temps and snow/flurries for almost 3 weeks with only a couple sunny breaks in between.Perhaps this is a good thing?.Maybe we will all get a break and have a clear and dry second half to winter?!.
Sunspot #978 has made amazing progress as it makes it’s way across the sun’s face.Even with thick clouds I have been keeping a close eye it’s ever changing structure through the SOHO website.We were hit with another mild snowstorm last night and it was questionable whether or not the skies would clear enough to get some more images of this wonderful sunspot.As my good fortune (for a change) would have it,the clouds parted for a little more than a hour this morning and I just couldn’t pass on the chance to get some quality eye piece time in.After shoveling and salting my sidewalk observing site I raced up the stairs ,grabbed my scope,performed a quick setup and alignment, and was observing the sunspot within 20 minutes.Typically,I like to let the scope cool down to the outside temps before attempting any observing or imaging but,due to the constantly changing sky conditions I didn’t want to wait,which was a smart move because,45 minutes after setup the clouds rolled back in and we received a snow squall that lasted for almost a hour.The images below are the result of my quick observing session.
Image credit: Me!