Large sunspots were reported this week on Spaceweather.com, the internet
website which reports solar activity. Although the sunspots have
been active and visible for some time, the weather became good enough
to view the spots today and a viewing apparatus was setup outside Dan
Alcorn's science classes.
Although sunspots are fairly common, very few people have seen them
because they are difficult to see without proper equipment.
Viewing the sun with a telescope or binoculars is DANGEROUS and will
result in eye damage unless done properly.
The science teacher at Big Valley High School, Dan Alcorn, invited a neighbor,
who had equipment for viewing the sunspots, to the high school where
students were lectured on the sun, solar storms, sunspots and their
effect on the earth. Mr. Alcorn's neighbor, Rich Patak, who is
the editor of BigValleyNews.net spent the morning at the high school
educating the students about the sun and showing real views of the sun
which were projected on a small screen by a pair of
also were introduced to Spaceweather.com which showed pictures of the
sun taken by professional astronomers and compared what they saw on the
internet with real live views.