This week lectures were given by Dr. McKenzie on observing the sun and Dana Longcope on the sun. McKenzie showed us how different wavelengths of the sun probe the temperature and thus different layers of the sun (photosphere, chromosphere, corona) and how we obtain such images. While this was nice, I was more interested in magnetograms since that is what I would be working with. Dana talked about how nuclear fusion and quantum tunneling helps to power the core of the sun.

I continued with parameter optimization and continued to optimize the active region detection in the code. After the cores are detected, the positive and negative (field lines pointing out of the sun and into the sun respectively) regions are paired to form bipolar pairs. Usually magnetic regions on the surface form in bipolar pairs.