SUNSPOT SUNSET: Sunspot AR2529 is so big, people are noticing it in the sunset. Rayann Elzein saw it Thursday evening in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
“I went for a random walk in the nature to capture photos of the sunset,” says Elzein. “There were some thin clouds filtering most of the sunlight, which allowed me to see this major sunspot with the naked eye. Here it is!”
Caution: Even when the sun is dimmed by low-hanging clouds or haze, it can still be dangerously bright, especially when magnified by unfiltered optics. If you chose to photograph the low sun, as Elzein did, use the camera’s LCD screen for safe viewfinding. Never look into the eyepiece of an unfiltered camera or telescope when the sun is in the field of view.
Although it is large, AR2529 is mostly quiet. The behemoth sunspot has a stable magnetic field that poses little threat for strong explosions. NOAA forecasters say there is no more than a 15% chance of M-class solar flares this weekend.