Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sunspot Group 1429 and the Distant Sun
Posted on 03/18/2012 9:46:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: What's that on the Sun? Over the past two weeks, one of the most energetic sunspot regions of recent years crossed the face of the Sun. Active Region 1429, visible above as the group of dark spots on the Sun's upper right, blasted out several solar flares and coronal mass ejections since coming around the edge of the Sun almost a month ago. Fast moving particles from these solar explosions have impacted the Earth and been responsible for many colorful auroras seen over the past two weeks. The picturesque foreground features trees and birds near Merida, Spain, where the above image was taken about a week ago. Although AR 1429 has continued to rotate to the right and gone around the limb of the Sun -- as seen from the Earth -- monitoring of the region will be continued by one of the STEREO satellites, however, which is orbiting the Sun well ahead of the Earth.
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[Credit & Copyright: Juan Manuel Pérez Rayego]
Our sun is very angry. Perhaps we should have paid more attention to him instead of that stupid neighbor kid Algore.
Whoa! solar-powered flying bicycles!!! The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.
My computer hasn’t been right since, and my back-up external HD is AFU.
It’s great when God’s natural filters make sunspots visible.
YES. Here too!! My Apple had a mini-crash last week — it suddenly went down for the first time ever. When I got it back up I lost some data and my screen saver was wiped out!!
Back up Back up Back up!! (especially photos).
Don’t trust these little beasties, never will!!
Thanks again to Sunken Civ! You the bomb!!
I share these with my family and high school students.
That’s so beautiful! And, I just got my husband’s old IPad and he downloaded the NASA app and guess what...it has APOD! hehehe Life is indeed good... :)
Si yo lo había borrado!! )