This morning, I read this article:
And then all day we were overcast. Until about 10 minutes ago.
Now as a kid I used to always play with a magnifying glass. I burned ants and sow bugs, but I also burned paper and wood. I loved being out in the summer because it was right over head, but in the evening I could watch the sun’s rays travel up the wall.
One of the other things I noticed was the way I could recreate the image of the sun. And I knew to never look into a telescope or binoculars with the naked eye.
Tonight, I recreated the image of the sun on a piece of white comic book backing board using a pair of binoculars. Jennifer held the board, and I focused the image. We were able to clearly see sunspot set 1263 and faintly see 1261.
We were so excited we didn’t think of taking a picture, but the sun was only out for maybe 5 minutes as it passed below the clouds, and then passed behind the Marin hills.
I love science.