H_Jackman Week 10 "Looking Up" Solar Disc March 11, 2012
What's "up" more than the Sun? This is a white light image
of the Solar Disc taken March 11, 2012 with a Nikon D7000 attached to
an ETX-90EC telescope with a Thousand Oaks Solar Filter attached to
the telescope's objective lens. (More details to come on my blog soon)
The largest collection of Sunspots on the right side are sunspots (l-r) 1429 and 1430 these were responsible for all those aurora warnings/predictions/viewings last week.
I've wanted to add an astronomy related picture to my photostream for awhile and this weeks theme of "Looking Up" seemed to offer a good excuse, I also shot some images of the wonderful conjunction (close visual pairing) of Venus and Jupiter visible in the west after sundown.
If you have not taken the opportunity to do so , please get up and go outside for a few minutes after sundown and view this beautiful sight! It is visible from even the brightest of metropolitan areas, so there is no excuse (except clouds of course) and if you have a second after viewing those two bright planets turn around and in rising in the east is a bright red/orange "star" which is actually Mars! so in the space of few breaths you've spanned millions and millions of miles and seen with your own eye three planets of our Solar System all without the need or help of any fancy or expensive equipment.