The Sun today

The so called bear claw sunspot 1089 appears to have evolved significantly in the two days since I was last able to take a photo of it. Both through the eyepiece and on images taken with the digicam, through the Celestron 130SLT using 25mm and 9mm eyepieces, only the ‘upper’ part of the paw print shape appeared to be retaining its strength. All the straggly bits in between these two feet appear to be lining up and showing interesting complexity, but the lower part of the display appears to be fading. As well as the photos I got today, I’ve also reposted the photos from the 21st for comparison. The reason appears to be that the various sunspot pairs making up the 1089 group have differing lifetimes.

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