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Sun Spot AR2003

12 March 2014

A sizeable sun spot is attracting the attention of astronomers – go to http://spaceweather.com March 11th (scroll down to the page of that date). It has tripled in size in just a week and may have more than a dozen drk cores across the face of the Sun – see image below. This was sent in bny Karzaman Ahmad from the Langkuwi National Observatory in Malaysia. He photographed it using an 11 inch Celeston telescope capped with a Glass Filter. NASA took a movie, over 48 hours, of the sun spot growing in size, rapidly. It seems the quickness of the growth has destabilised the magnetic field and they suggest it is more likely to erupt. We shall see.

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