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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sunspot Group 1429 and the Distant Sun
NASA ^ | March 19, 2012 | (see photo credit)

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.

March 19, 2012

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; science; sunspots
[Credit & Copyright: Juan Manuel Pérez Rayego]

1 posted on 03/18/2012 9:46:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: henkster; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; ...

Thanks henkster for the ping to this one, a FReeper looking to buy a telescope would like some tips, pointers, and/or advice: Have a great week everyone!

2 posted on 03/18/2012 9:50:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: SunkenCiv

Our sun is very angry. Perhaps we should have paid more attention to him instead of that stupid neighbor kid Algore.


3 posted on 03/18/2012 9:59:27 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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4 posted on 03/18/2012 10:43:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Whoa! solar-powered flying bicycles!!! The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.


5 posted on 03/18/2012 11:34:22 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: SunkenCiv

My computer hasn’t been right since, and my back-up external HD is AFU.


6 posted on 03/18/2012 11:42:37 PM PDT by matthew fuller (A patriotic American would be ASHAMED to have 5 non-veteran adult sons.)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s great when God’s natural filters make sunspots visible.


7 posted on 03/19/2012 7:30:02 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: matthew fuller

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!!


8 posted on 03/19/2012 8:42:13 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: SunkenCiv

Fabulous photos!!

Thanks again to Sunken Civ! You the bomb!!

I share these with my family and high school students.


9 posted on 03/19/2012 8:43:15 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: SunkenCiv

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... :)


10 posted on 03/20/2012 8:31:07 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: brytlea

:’)


11 posted on 03/20/2012 9:12:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: SunkenCiv

Si yo lo había borrado!! )


12 posted on 03/21/2012 4:45:52 PM PDT by Rothkko
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