I have been a fan of the Boston Globe’s photo blog “The Big Picture” since I really like big pictures. Today they have a roundup of photos of the sun. “The Sun is now in the quietest phase of its 11-year activity cycle, the solar minumum – in fact, it has been unusually quiet this year – with over 200 days so far with no observed sunspots. The solar wind has also dropped to its lowest levels in 50 years. Scientists are unsure of the significance of this unusual calm, but are continually monitoring our closest star with an array of telescopes and satellites.”
They have 21 photos posted from various sources, Check it out. Here is a taste.
This is an animation of the sun as seen by NASA’s extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope over the course of 6 days, starting on June 27th, 2005. (Courtesy of SOHOEIT consortium)