The Sun Unleashes a Monster Solar Flare with a CME Directed at Earth – This morning at 7:30 (Sept 7, 2017)

Location of photo
The Belle View Eclipse Site of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Team, outside Anderson, South Carolina
Date/Time of photo
September 7, 11:47:31 EDT
Taken on a Celestron Omni XLT 150 Reflecting Telescope, AVX Mount on a permanent pier, with a Thousand Oaks glass solar filter, and an Olympus 4/3 E-PL3 camera. Shot at 1/2000", ISO 400, Image captured in RAW format.
On the news this morning (Sept 6, 2017) they were reporting that a solar flare emitted an X9 Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) directed at Earth. Since we still had the solar eclipse equipment still set up in the telescope garage, we used it to capture this Sunspot Region 2673.
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Dr John D Bernard

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Dr John D Bernard.... Began my astronomy interest in 1961 with the Boy Scout merit badge in Astronomy. Graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Science Education and worked for two years as an Astronomy Lab Instructor and Observatory Assistant at Melton Observatory at USC. Taught high school physics and chemistry for 4 years while serving as the last Planetarium Director at the Charleston Museum before it was condemned. Was awarded the first South Carolina Science Teacher of the Year by the SC Academy of Science in 1970. Served as a Team Leader on the 1970 Total Solar Eclipse Team along with 20 high school students from Lower Richland High School in Columbia, SC. Earned 2 more graduate degrees in computer science and taught CS at Clemson and a local technical college for 20 years. During my last 15 years teaching and retiring as the Director of the Jupiter Space Station Radio Observatory in Pendleton, SC. [] In 2017 now serving as Director of the 2017 SC Total Eclipse Group leading 6 teams statewide, partially made up of my 1970 High School Students. Have published over a dozen papers in Optical and Radio Astronomy. As a hobby have successfully shot 5 eclipses from 1970 to 1991. Am presently in the final construction and FAA approval of a 14' aircraft to photograph the 2017 solar eclipse in SC in clear air. All this and many more details can be found on the JSS website.
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