There was a partial solar eclipse last week; sadly, it wasn't visible from the East Coast. This photo was taken from Santa Cruz, and shows the giant sunspot group with the romantic name AR 2192.
If I had a life list, if I believed in such things, seeing a total solar eclipse would be near the top of the list. There's one visible from Northern Europe in March and I almost signed up for a tour to see it. (Of course, right now I can barely make it to the corner so the idea of going anywhere outside of Midtown Manhattan is comical.)
If I can't make it to the eclipse, I'll just have to wait for the eclipse to come to me. There's one in 2017, visible in most of the United States.
Image Credit and Copyright: Michael Bolte (UCSC)