Sun spot AR – 2529 caught on camera of amateur photographer
From a Correspondent
JORHAT, May 7: A rare celestial movement involving the sun was captured successfully by an amateur photographer and a cameraman of ANI news agency Chandan Hazarika using a Sony DSLR with 30 x zoom at 5 PM on April 10, which has now been independently confirmed by the curator of Jorhat Science and planetarium as Sun Spot AR – 2529, a huge heart shaped Sun’s Spot scientifically known as AR (Active Region)-2529, which is large enough to fit several number of Earth-like planets in size.
Talking to The Sentinel, Curator Dr. Prabjyoti Chetia said, “AR-2529 has been facing towards our Earth since April, 2016 and will probably continue till mid of May, 2016. Suns spots are generally dark patches on the surface of the Sun that are a bit cooler than the surrounding areas. Average surface temperature of the Sun is approximately 6,000 degree Celsius but the Sun’s Spots are about 1500 degree Celsius cooler than the surface temperature. These Suns Spot are scientifically termed as active region (AR) because sometimes it serves as launch pad for huge eruption of solar plasma called Corol Mass Ejection (CME) racing into space at millions of miles per hour. However, one must remember that this is not the mercury transit.”
Dr Prabjyoti Chetia further added, “According to the website spaceweather.com, AR 2529 did blast out a small CME on April 10, 2016. Powerful CMEs that hit Earth squarely can wreak havoc here, sparking geomagnetic storms with the potential to temporarily disrupt satellite vigation, radio communications and power grids. Such consequences are not expected from the recent AR- 2529 CME but researchers have been observing on this type of active regions which could send a CME toward earth as a preventive measure. But what fascites me most is the ability of persons like Chandan Hazarika whose interest in astronomical science has further ebled him to capture the sun spot. I wish him all the best. However, I would like to inform readers not to perform capture such images of the sun with a camera because the sun has the potential to not only destroy the camera but also damage the reti.”
Chandan Hazarika said, “I have had a keen inclition towards the night sky in particular and every time I see the setting sun I keep clicking pictures. And accordingly on April 10 I did not realize what I captured until I downloaded the video in the camera. It was a video and not a still shot as it is virtually impossible to take a steady shot of the sun by utilizing the 30X zoom of the Sony DSLR. Later on I showed it to Dr Prabjyoti Chetia, curator of the Jorhat Planetarium who filly cleared all my doubt. A brief research through the internet and going through SA website, I found that Vansanity Kazsky also took the video of the sun spot from Israel which makes me the first from India. Others who took still photos on later dates are Bernie McGee of Scotland who captured the image on April 11. Similarly, Alexander Krivenyshev of Manhattan on April 13, Arl Diefenderfer from Quakertown, Pennsylvania on April 12 and Abhiv Singhal from New Delhi on April 12.”