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Backyard astronomer captures stunning photo of the sun

Let this amazing photo of the sun brighten your day. The smoky puff on the left is a remnant of a solar flare that erupted from the sunspot below. Astrophotographer Alan Friedman captured this shot at a star party in the Florida Keys last week, using a fairly small amateur telescope. See the two sunspots beneath the puff? The little one, to the right is twice the size of the Earth..

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Uploaded 03/13/2011
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