Filament, Then Prom, Then Gone

Powerful magnetic fields sometimes levitate billions of tons of material above the surface of the Sun which is known as a filament. When solar rotation moves it to the limb of the Sun, it is called a prominence, or prom for short, and reveals how high it is. The whole prominence/filament is over 100,000 milesContinue reading “Filament, Then Prom, Then Gone”

Sunset in Light from Hydrogen

The Sun illuminates the Earth in a full spectrum of light during the day, but at sunset much of the ordinary light is filtered out by the Earth’s atmosphere. This leaves mostly the red wavelength of light which is produced by hydrogen from the Sun. Beautiful sunsets are created by the hydrogen light painting cloudsContinue reading “Sunset in Light from Hydrogen”

Eleven Day Difference

Yesterday I got some images after clouds parted and discovered the Sun literally spotted with magnetic activity. Just eleven days before, not a spot was to be found. This goes along with the Sun being between solar minimum when no spots are seen for weeks at a time, and solar maximum when spots bespeckle theContinue reading “Eleven Day Difference”