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Sunspot AR1575. Featured in Feb 2103 Sky at Night magazine.

Sunspot AR1575

Sunspot AR1575. Featured in Feb 2103 Sky at Night magazine.
Sunspot AR1575. Featured in Feb 2103 Sky at Night magazine.

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.

Nick Cook

Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, doorstep daytripper, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it. Knows more about swords than is probably healthy for a man.

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