About 20 visitors gathered with Club members on Saturday 9th April for a demonstration of how to view sunspots. The Sun is currently in an active phase of its 11-year cycle – although sadly today sunpsots were scarce … but that’s astronomy!
We brought specialist equipment, and showed how we observe and image solar spots and other features, and explained how they take 14 days to move across the face of the Sun. Visitors saw how the Sun looks different in optical wavelengths or hydrogen-alpha. The image above was taken by Club member Jan on 3rd April.
NEVER VIEW THE SUN (EVEN THROUGH CLOUDS) WITHOUT SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT UNDER GUIDANCE OF AN EXPERT
The event lasted two hours, was was part of Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival.