I love Active Region 1302. It's BIG and beautiful... and I think it loves me back, flashing a heart shaped umbra and standing still long

enough for me to capture a sharp portrait. A wider field shot earlier in this solar rotation can be seen here. Phil Plait blogged this photo

and the story of this massive sunspot group at Bad Astronomy on Discover.

September26, 2011/ captured with my Astro-Physics 6" refractor, Baader Herschel wedge and PGR Flea3 camera.

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