As most astronomers around the world were focused on the images from the outer edge of our solar system, I was considering the other extreme, the center of the solar system.
Dr. Titus at High Point University asked me to bring in my 6-inch Celestron with solar filter so his students could see sunspots. Yesterday I performed a dry-run in my driveway to remember how to put the ‘scope together and to make sure I have all the pieces needed. In addition, I found two small sunspots on the sun and got to share the view with Barbara.
This morning the sly was overcast, but I really wanted the plan to succeed, so I decided to go to campus despite the poor prospects. The sky only got worse as the day wore on. For just a brief time, maybe five minutes, the clouds in front of the sun were thin enough. Mike, a contractor working on the campus nearby, and I enjoyed the muted view and had a great conversation about science, philosophy and education.
At 11 a.m. Aaron came down and we talked about trying again next week. I would rate the morning observing a success.