Where Have All the Sunspots Gone?

May 7th, 2017, 11:40 a.m. local time

On this pleasant, bright blue morning, I took my 127mm telescope’s solar filter out of hibernation to get some views of the Sun.  If you have been following news reporting over the last couple years, you know that the Sun’s activity has been very low.  There are hardly any sunspots.  My observations and photos prove out this current state.

I scanned the Sun for a good 10 minutes with my eye and found two sunspots.  Just two!  And barely visible both.  The larger one is near the 10 o’clock position and the second is very tiny around the center’s top.  Here is the same above image with those sunspots circled:

Realizing this compressed image makes it difficult to see the middle sunspot, here is a closeup you can click on for a better look at the areas in question:

Click to enlarge.

If you can see any more sunspots, then I applaud your observation skills.


3 thoughts on “Where Have All the Sunspots Gone?

  1. This is a great post, and great photos. I have a pair of eclipse glasses that I picked up some time ago, and use to stare at the Sun when the skies are clear (so… never?). It’s fun to see people walking by confused out of the corner of your eye while you stare up at the Sun in the bright sky. With them, I can see some bigger, I guess, sunspots, but the last few times, nothing. Just a flat, filtered-orange disc. This is great stuff.

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