The Sun Today

The Sun today in White light:

The Sun processed 14.04

The first image is taken from home using a white light solar ‘herschel wedge’ on a 72mm refractor. Several clusters of Sunspots can be seen along with filaments (the lighter patches) most notible around the sunspot groups nearest the limb.

The second image is also in white light and taken today by the 1 billion Euro ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) which is a space based satellite that studies the Sun at various wavelengths. In the SOHO image below, the sun spot clusters are anotated and the Earth is shown for scale. North is up.

mdi_sunspots_1024 SOHO

Credit: ESA/NASA

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