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Astronomy picture of the week - The sun

The sun

THE Sun has been in the news recently and as it approaches solar maximum there is a lot of activity which has produced coronal max ejections CME’S where plasma is thrown out into space.

When thrown in our direction these events can trigger spectacular Aurora which on rare occasions can be witnessed from as far South as the UK. The Sun also has a wealth of surface detail that can be recorded.

This image of a major sun spot group was recorded on March 10 in white light with a solar filter in front of the telescope objective. Image courtesy of Brian Woosnam.

Warning. The sun cannot be viewed through binoculars or a telescope under any circumstances as permanent eye damage and blindness can result.
All solar photography is carried out using specialized filters.