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 The Sun - 27 March 2001

© Philipp Salzgeber 27 March 2001

For this image I used my small 60mm refractor with a 20mm eyepiece. The Camera was a handheld Nikon Coolpix 950. I shot this picture afocally, i.e. the lens of the camera was looking through the eyepiece.
A Baader Planetarium solar filter (mylar) was used in a homemade card-board mount.

In this picture the suns shows many dark blotches, commonly called sunspots. These spots show up in large numbers during the maximum of the 11-year sunspot-cycle. They are caused by magnetic disturbances in the uppermost layer of the sun, the so-called solar photosphere.

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