QUIET SUNSPOT SUNSET: At the end of the day on Oct. 8th, Italian photographer Enrico Finotto took a picture of the sunset from the city of Treviso. The solar disk was marked by three dark cores:
“I captured these sunspots using a Canon 760D digital camera and a six-inch Celestron telescope,” says Finotto.
The sun is peppered with spots this weekend, but all of them are quiet, not having the type of unstable magnetic fields that result in explosions. As the solar cycle is plunges toward Solar Minimum, sunspots not only increasingly rare, but also increasingly quiet. NOAA forecasters say there is no more than a 1% chance of strong flares during the next three days.