Sunspot AR2529, CME, auroras possible

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Read that Sunspot AR2529 was big enough to be seen naked-eye, so I had a look-see this morning. My sight is getting worse (starting cataracts), unfortunately I saw three overlapping suns, but there was a slight streak of  darkness near the centre of the sun. I was able to confirm the sighting with binoculars covered with #14 welder’s glass. Not sure I would have seen anything without the binoculars had I not had three overlapping sunspots!

If you want to observe the sun, please be careful to use proper protection for your eyes!

I bought Welder’s glass #14 quite a  few years ago for 5$. You can also use binoculars and telescopes to project the sun onto a white surface. I used the projection method to view the transit of Venus.

There will probably be auroras tonight, not sure how far south they will be visible though.

Space Weather News for April 12, 2016

EARTH ENTERS SOLAR WIND STREAM: A G1-class geomagnetic storm is in progress on April 12th as Earth enters a stream of fast-moving solar wind.  NOAA forecasters estimate a 70% chance of additional storming on April 13th as Earth moves deeper into the stream.  Also, a minor CME from big sunspot AR2529 could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on April 13th, further boosting the odds of storminess.  Visit for more information.