Our Boiling Sun

Just like our earth, our sun's internal structure has different zones. Underneath the solar surface, which is called the Photospehere, is a 'Convection Zone'. This is where the internal material comes up, cools down and then falls back. Hence we see a boiling effect on the surface.

Here is the super magnified version of the same image.. every bright round dot is called a granule which is about 700-1000 km in size, having a life of about 10 minutes.

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Triple Sunspots

So white light can show amazing details on the solar surface. Granulation, which is the 'boiling effect' due to convections zones on the surface, is clearly seen. But the most amazing sight is the sunspot.. and how about one not two but three of them together!

Took this image today, with CBSAP APO 127 mm refractor telescope attached with Imaging Source DMK21 CCD camera including a 2.5 powermate in between.

Solar Imaging.. once again!

After a long time, i have started solar imaging again. This image was taken today with Lunt 152 Hydrogen Alpha Solar Telescope and Imaging Source DMK21 Mono CCD Camera.

Got 6000 frames and selected 2000 of them and stacked and processed with Avistack and Registax. Final details were enhanced in photoshop.

'X class' Solar Flare

Sunspot 2192 got flared up with an X-class flare this Sunday. I received a notification of this flare on my iphone app 'Solar Monitor' when i was about to put Lunt 152 Solar Telescope on CGEM DX mount. My excitement got flared up as well!

Solar flares are the explosions on the sun, which can cause disturbances here on earth. X-class is a a very big explosion which can initiate radio blackouts on the sun facing side of earth. This was a X1-class solar flare.

Pores and Granulation - 19 May 2014

How many 'pores' can you see here? (Pores are the black spots which is an early stage of a sunspot evolution)

Telescope: Lunt152
Camera: DMK21AU04
Televue 2.5X

19 May 2014
Lahore, Pakistan.