The Center of the Solar System

Mike looks thru thin clouds to see the sunspots today.
Mike looks thru thin clouds to see the sunspots today.

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.


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