Sunspots


Observing sunspots with a sunspotterSunspots are small, temporary patches on the Sun’s surface which are cooled due to strongmagnetic fields and so appear darker than the regions that surround them. Studying them helps us understand the Sun’s rotation, solar activity cycles, space weather, and even Earth’s climate. Here Professor Vandana Singh, student Tia Jaara, and Department Chair Kristin Chon discover how easy it is to see sunspots with a simple telescope.

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