Sol from West Seattle on International-Interstellar Women’s Day

Screen Shot 2019-03-08 at 4.41.44 PMThis is our Sun in H-alpha light  as seen from The Whittaker in West Seattle, USA.  There is a small white sunspot  – lower center.

Screen Shot 2019-03-08 at 4.42.13 PMBelow the white sunspot, above, you can see a small, beauty of a prominence in H-alpha.  It is these signs that truly indicate the Sun is out of the sunspot minimum and onto a different part of the rise to sunspot maximum.

 

Screen Shot 2019-03-08 at 4.40.13 PMAt 393 nm or Ca II (Ca+) light, the white sunspot shows its origins – lower center – as a larger magnetic hole and flux.  This exploded today into a C1-Storm aimed directly at Earth.  A small Corona Mass Ejection (CME) is our and will be here over the weekend.  Look for Aurora!

Screen Shot 2019-03-08 at 4.39.32 PM


As this is Seattle, most solar photos are taken through a thin layer of clouds.  Pretty they are not 😦

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