12 November 2012

Solar Observing Nov 4th

Observe The Sun Safely - Never look at the Sun without a proper filter! 
Solar Programs are held 1st Sunday of every Month 2:00-4:00 PM at Houge Park  weather permitting
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Solar Observing November 4th was sublime. Nice because the weather was perfect - cool temperature, clear skies and fair seeing. The Sunspot count was in the 40's with 4 sunspot pairs - two above the solar equator - two "mirror images" below. That was too neat to see :)

The symmetry of the Sun's magnetic field lines means that a sunspot pair which forms above the equator can equally likely form a mirror image below the equator - a negative ( -x , -y )  mirror image.
Sunspot generally form in pairs.

A sunspot pair can again be formed as a mirror image below the sun's equator because of the symmetry of the sun's magnetic field.

H-Alpha Prominences were large and notable all around the solar disk: hedge shape, spicule and branching tree shapes noted.

Folks we are a just a standard deviation from the solar cycle maximum. 

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