Chubby, brunette Eunice Kinnison sat in a rocker, reading the Sunday papers and listening to the radio. Her husband Ralph lay sprawled upon the davenport, smoking a cigarette and reading the current issue of EXTRAORDINARY STORIES against an unheard background of music. Mentally, he was far from Tellus, flitting in his super-dreadnaught through parsec after parsec of vacuous space. E.E. "Doc" Smith, Triplanetary, Chapter 5: "1941"
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Spots Up Close
I'm not sure if the sunspots in today's Astronomy Picture of the Day are the same group as those imaged in the setting Sun a few days ago or not, but it is a nice look at how complex this "mottling" can be.