Sunny Sunday

SUNSPOT SURPRISE: Big sunspot AR2665 continues to expand and grow. It is now more than 75,000 km long with multiple dark cores larger than our entire planet. At sunrise on July 8th, Peter Lowenstein of Mutare, Zimbabwe, saw AR2665 through morning clouds and mist at the Cecil Kop Nature Reserve:

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“In this surreal photograph, taken at just the right moment when clouds were not too thick to obscure it, complex sunspot AR2665 and its chain of smaller cores is clearly visible on the solar disk,” says Lowenstein. “I used a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 camera in sunset scene mode to capture the picture.”

AR2665 is by far the largest sunspot of 2017 and it temporarily interrupts the sun’s headlong plunge into a spotless Solar Minimum. So far AR2665 has not produced any strong flares, but this could change if the sunspot’s rapid growth destabilizes its magnetic field and causes it to explode. Stay tuned for updates as the sunspot turns toward Earth. 

@ SPACEWEATHER

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23 Responses to Sunny Sunday

  1. Micki says:

    Dr. B sez to Carol, Den, and possibly Jim…

    This ought to lower the AC requirements due to the evaporation.

    I, on the other hand, have lots of shade.

    Knock all the wood that a woodchuck could chuck…we have no need for A/C in this home.

    Have a swell Sunday everyone!

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  2. Den says:

    Idiots here cut down my shade!!

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Just 87 °F here now.

    Haven’t seen the flycatcher for several days now.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Robert Frank writes about why single payer health insurance saves money, in today’s TNYT.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    Old Post Office in but 23 minutes; that’s moving in the heat.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Slower on the return, up College Hill Climb and Maple Street Extension after all, makes 50 minutes on the sticks; multiple butterflies.

      The Old Post Office was built in 1930 in what I’ll call post-Art-Deco style; stately and gracious. There is plenty of room inside; good table spacing and comfortable chairs. Nice place.

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  6. Den says:

    Red hot border with a dry-hot sunset is the new theme

    Thanks to fossil fuels and the relentless pursuit of burning both for profit!

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    The average price of a house in San Francisco is over 1.1 million. Further south it’s 1.8 million.

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    Den, you will appreciate the Siberian Times recent article.

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  9. Den says:

    The news is grim:

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  10. Den says:

    Beer-O-Clock has been updated, it is now Snooz-O-Clock, zzzzzzz

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