Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pic of the Day

Sol:  Mass 332,830 times that of Earth.  Equatorial radius, 695,000 kilometres.  
Surface Tempreature, 6000 degrees celsius.  It is really cool, regardless of how hot it is!

     I arose to a beautiful fall morning with clear, blue skies.  It was the perfect day for the partial solar eclipse that is to begin at 16:45 CDT today.  However, while at lunch the sky changed drastically!  Clouds have moved-in, and now I am not sure that the eclipse will be visible at all.
     I shot this image at 11:30 CDT to test exposure and image quality for this afternoons shoot.  The sunspots in the lower right quadrant of the sun are solar storms. This gigantic storm has spewed a massive amount of solar particles toward earth, which in turn has interacted with our planet’s magnetic field and upper atmosphere.  This storm is the reason our northern neighbors are enjoying an incredible northern lights display.  Now, if the clouds will part for a couple of hours, all will be fine.
 UpDate:  Unfortunately the weather did not improve and clouds blocked the viewing of the eclipse.  Sure hope for better luck for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1000 second @ f8, Orion Solar Filter (over lens), ISO 800

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