Thursday, February 28, 2013

New region 1683 numbered

All three sunspot regions remain visible. The largest region 1682 decreased in size during the last 24 hours. It is now a DAI Beta-gamma type group at 110 millionths in size. New sunspot region 1683 was numbered overnight, it is a HSX Alpha type group at 90 millionths in size. There is now more than one spot visible and a bipolar magnetic configuration.
No C class solar flares took place yesterday, the largest solar flare was a B8 from region 1682. Only C class solar flares are expected today.

  Snow Moon for a Snowy Planet

Image Credit & Copyright: Göran Strand

 The alarmingly tall inhabitants of this small, snowy planet cast long shadows in bright moonlight. Of course, the snowy planet is actually planet Earth and the wide-angle mosaic, shown as a little planet projection, was recorded on February 25 during the long northern night of the Full Snow Moon. The second brightest celestial beacon is Jupiter, on the right above the little planet's horizon. Lights near Östersund, Sweden glow along the horizon, surrounding the snow covered lake Storsjön. The photographer reports that the journey out onto the frozen lake by sled to capture the evocative Full Snow Moon scene was accompanied by ice sounds, biting cold, and a moonlit mist.


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