Today is the vernal equinox, where day and night are of equal length. At a little before 3 o’clock this afternoon, the Sun crossed the celestial equator heading north and see’s the start of Autumn. This is a close up of the active region around sunspot AR1575 The nights will start to draw in, the weather will turn cooler and the energy companies will put up their prices. Some things will never change.
Taken using Skywatcher 200p Newtonian telescope, Canon 1000D DSLR, 1/400 exposure, ISO 800, 3 x TeleVue Barlow and Baader solar film. Featured in February 2013 Sky at Night magazine.