A Sunspot Twice The Size Of Earth

Illustration for article titled A Sunspot Twice The Size Of Earth

Sunspot 982 flared up over the weekend, and it looks totally awesome. Not only is it humongous, but it has these two cool-looking dark filaments sticking out of it. Photographer Greg Piepol took this picture using a regular Coronado SolarMax 90 Ha telescope. Another awesome sunspot pic after the jump.

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Illustration for article titled A Sunspot Twice The Size Of Earth

This one comes from photographer John Nassr in Baguio, Philippines.

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wilmawonker

does this mean sweet northern lights in the near future? i know flares affect them, but i don't know when/how.