See Two Sunspots Right Now — If You Still Have Your Solar Eclipse Glasses

If you are located in the northern hemisphere during daylight right now, you can view two sunspots with the naked eye — if you still have your solar eclipse glasses.

See Two Sunspots Right Now — If You Still Have Your Solar Eclipse Glasses

The sunspots will look like two tiny specks in the lower right quadrant of the sun — but in actuality, they are larger than the planet Earth. They are the result of the fourteenth most powerful solar flare recorded since 1976.

Summary

While seeing sunspots with the naked eye is not necessarily a rare event, it certainly is a cool one.

If you do view the sunspots with your naked eye, do not stare too long. Take frequent breaks, as damage can still occur to your eye — even while wearing solar eclipse glasses.

My camera equipment is not nearly powerful enough to catch the nuances of the sunspots or of the solar flare — but it was barely enough to photograph the two specks on the sun, as shown in the photograph at the top of this article.

You can view my photographs of the total eclipse of the sun and its stages in this article — as well as the story of how I arrived at that moment and almost missed it.

For additional information, please refer to the official Internet web site of Spaceweather.com…

…and thanks to a fellow writer — I never liked the term blogger — at BoardingArea, who was kind enough to alert me to this celestial phenomenon.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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