Sun Observation

Welcome to the Sun Observation. Wouldn't it be cool if we could see the Sun like it appears in this Hydrogen Alpha filter? Well, today you can. While you would certainly be blinded by the light of the Sun if you looked directly at it, this observation will not hurt your eyes, can be done any day of the year, and you will not even need to go outside. This observation is worth 100 points, and I think it may be a lot of fun.

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You will be asked to move to specific webpages to look at the various aspect of the Sun that this observsation covers.

A. Please go to SpaceWeather.com and answer the following questions?

1) What day did you do this Sun Observation?

2) According to the SpaceWeather.com website, how many sunspots were counted on the Sun's disk that day?

3) What was the possibility of an X-Class Solar Flare in the next 24 and 48 hours?

4) What was the lead alert paragraph about? Near the top of the page is always something of interest to astronomers. What was written about on the day you visited the site?

B. You will need to go to the SEC/NOAA SpaceWeatherNOW site for the next two questions.

5. Was there a geomagnetic storm when you logged on to the website?

6. Where was the auroral activity relative to Minnesota when you logged on to the website?

C. Now, it is time to look at the Sun through different filters. Go to the SOHO site for the next questions.

7. Click on the "about the images" for this question. What does "EIT" stand for, and what temperature is viewed at 195 Angstroms?

8. Go to the "about" page for this question. What does SOHO stand for, and when was it launched?

D. Time for three really cool websites. Ready?

9. Click on TRACE and answer this question. What does TRACE stand for, and what did you think of some of the pictures on the page?

10. Go to Moreton Wave to see a Solar Tsunami video, then tell me what you thought when you saw this.

11. Finally, go to the Swedish Solar Telescope page. On the left side of the webpage, scroll down to Astronomy Picture of the Day and click on 14 November, 2002 "The Sharpest View of the Sun. You will be looking at a sunspot picture up close ... so close that you may feel like you are falling into it. Go ahead and look at some of the other images on this page as well, and tell me what you think of the Sun now.

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