Sunspot Group 1429 and the Distant Sun (Mar 19 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Juan Manuel Pérez Rayego What's that on the Sun? Over the past two weeks, one of the most energetic sunspot regions of recent years crossed the face of the Sun. Active Region 1429, visible above as the group of dark spots on the Sun's upper right, blasted out several solar flares and coronal mass ejections since coming around the edge of the Sun almost a month ago. #astronomy Sunspots, Lion King
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(The most beautiful pink I've ever seen) It's one of the baddest sunspot regions in years. Active Region 1429 may not only look, to some, like an angry bird -- it has thrown off some of the most powerful flares and coronal mass ejections of the current solar cycle. The extended plumes from these explosions have even rained particles on the Earth's magnetosphere that have resulted in colorful auroras.
April 13, 2012 -- Astrophotographer Alan Friedman captured this gorgeous portrait of the sun on April 7 from his home in Buffalo, NY, using a backyard solar telescope and a new Grasshopper CCD camera by Point Grey Research. Viewed in a wavelength emitted by hydrogen alpha (Ha) the sun's surface details become visible, showing the complex texture of our home star's true face.
Silently it glides across the expanse of the night sky, softly touching the darkness with it's glow. Oh how I wish it could take my words and whisper it slowly in your ear..."I love you, I cherish you, I want you, and a single moment with you is better than a lifetime without you".