A Twisted Tale of Sunspots

The Cosmic Companion
May 29 · 5 min read
The sunspot cycle can be easily seen in this graphic, produced by NASA in 2017. We are currently at a low point in the cycle. Image credit: NASA/ARC/Hathaway

A sunspot, seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows off it’s powerful magnetic field. Image credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO
De Maculis in Sole observatis et Apparente earum cum Sole Conversione Narratio (Narration on Spots Observed on the Sun and their Apparent Rotation with the Sun), published in June 1611, was the first scientific paper published describing sunspots. Public domain image.

A video explaining the process resulting in the formation of sunspots. Credit: NASA Goddard

Magnetic lines can be seen above sunspots in this image of charged particles, captured in extreme ultraviolet light. Image credit: NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory

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Exploring the wonders of the Cosmos, one mystery at a time