Clear skies in the morning, very light clouds when I’d started setup at 9:45 AM. I had a father and daughter show up as I was setting up. There was several sunspots, but only minimal prominence activity – which is disappointing, because for the previous three days there was a very large prominence.
Dave Bailey showed up again to help (Thanks Dave!) There was a light but fairly steady stream of people; I went up into the market area to introduce myself and tell folks that I had telescopes setup down at the beach. I stayed setup until around 12:30 PM.
Last Sunday’s topic was “The Moon;” Although I did have an AWESOME Moon poster from a 1950’s Science class my wife had found, and I’d printed off a bunch of Moon Phase sheets… all I had time to show visitors were the awesome pictures of the Sun from Alan Friedman, and recent NASA SOHO and SDO photos. People are always amazed at how active and HUGE the Sun is! I especially like showing the SDO 171Å shots showing coronal loops, and the SDO AIA-304Å shots showing prominences and the surface roiling!
About once a session at my outreach events, I’ll have someone look thru my Hydrogen-Alpha Solar telescope and ask if what they are seeing was “real time?” Welllllll kinda… I have to explain about light speed and the 8 minutes it takes light to travel from the Sun to the Earth, but that the light going into the front of the ‘scope IS what you’re seeing…
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