Friday, 7 August 2015

AR12396 Compared to Earth - 7th August

This really is a large active region, not the biggest we've had this solar cycle but a big one never the less.  There was just enough gap in the endless clouds this afternoon to get a capture of this turbulent maelstrom of plasma and magnetism with the 125mm scope with the Daystar Quark, Baader Solar Telecompressor and the PGR Blackfly GigE IMX249 camera.  I've included a scale of Earth on the image to show just how large these features on the sun actually are.  Here's a black and white version of the active region taken at a similar time: