It was so smoky today in So.  OCT 29 2003

It was so smoky today in So. Cal. and the sun's sunspots so large, that you could see the latter because of the former. Amazing..

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dowingba24 29 200311:24PM

T minus 10 seconds until "HOAX" accusation...

Brian06 30 2003 7:06AM

definitely a hoax

jkottke37 30 2003 8:37AM

Ok, the "it's a hoax" joke (and corresponding meta jokes) in response to remaindered links stops here, okay guys? It was maybe funny the first couple of times, but I don't want it developing into a "thing" that we do here because there's nothing else to say about a link. Legitimate "it's a hoax" wonderings are still OK.

And, FWIW, the pic is not a hoax...it was taken by a friend of a friend of mine.

Paul05 30 200310:05AM

I dont know why, but I had a gut feeling before I even read the comments that someone was gonna play the Hoax card. Its gotten quite old indeed.

gwint22 30 200311:22AM

Wow. Amazing.

mattpfeff18 30 200312:18PM

It does seem more likely (well, to me) that the variations in lighting you see in the picture would be because of variations in the density of the smoke and corresponding amounts of sunlight allowed through, rather than because of the solar activity, though.

greg.org33 30 2003 3:33PM

Hey, FOAF is credible enough for me. I linked to it...

ian57 30 2003 6:57PM

I'm in San Diego and saw them with my own eyes.

ian59 30 2003 6:59PM

I'm in San Diego and saw them with my own eyes.

jhy37 31 200312:37AM

matt: FWIW, In the last two bushfire seasons here in OZ, I've seen the same red orb sun, but without anything that looks like those spots. Bushfire smoke at these distances is relatively evently spread. Your hypothesis calls for extremely localised density changes.

So I'm gunning for real sun spots.

jkottke10 31 200311:10AM

Here's another shot of the sun (avec sunspots) through the smoke.

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