Months of cloudy skies have made me hungry to image. This morning’s brief spell of full sunshine finally allowed me to capture a sunspot, AR1005. Though small, it already displays evidence of magnetic tug-of-wars that will expand in size and numbers towards solar maximum in 2012. It is only the fifth sunspot in the current sunspot minimum of the new solar cycle that has thus far started with very few and far spots in between.
Date Imaged :
October 18, 2008
Hydrgen alpha 0.7Angstrom
Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines