|Posted by northof44products on July 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM|
Tonight for the first time I set out with only one purpose in mind and that was to photograph a large sunspot cluster. The sunspots I photographed tonight were 1519, 1520 and 1521. The largest of the spots is 1520. It has enough energy in it that it could produce the strongest of flares that are called X-class solar flares. Over the next 3 days the sunspot will be aiming at earth for the most part which means any strong solar flares could give us Aurora Borealis. As part of learning even more about the Aurora I have started to photograph sunspots before the flare happens. Then if one does happen to fire a Solar Flare(CME) from the sun and give us Aurora I can look back at the position and type of flare and so on. It also tells the whole story. Where it started and the impact it had on our atmosphere.
Eventually I would like to photograph or video a solar flare as it happens. As for now though I will continue to fine tune my settings for photographing and videoing the sun.
As it stands right now, no major CME has erupted towards earth. Also I have found Aurora are best to view between August and November. I find its the best time for the IMF to want to push further south. I will update here if anything changes.