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It was so smoky today in So.

posted by Jason Kottke   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..

Reader comments

dowingbaOct 29, 2003 at 11:24PM

T minus 10 seconds until “HOAX” accusation…

BrianOct 30, 2003 at 7:06AM

definitely a hoax

jkottkeOct 30, 2003 at 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.

PaulOct 30, 2003 at 10:05AM

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.

gwintOct 30, 2003 at 11:22AM

Wow. Amazing.

mattpfeffOct 30, 2003 at 12:18PM

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.orgOct 30, 2003 at 3:33PM

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

ianOct 30, 2003 at 6:57PM

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

ianOct 30, 2003 at 6:59PM

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

jhyOct 31, 2003 at 12:37AM

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.

jkottkeOct 31, 2003 at 11:10AM

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

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.

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