Photograph By:

© 2003 Sol Invictus/HJP Arnold 

Date Taken:

Sunday, 26 October 2003 

Equipment Used:

A Nikon D1 camera was attached via a Focal Reducer to the f/9 178mm Starfire refractor. The exposure at an exposure index of ISO200 was 1/750th second.  


Large sunspot groups have appeared on the Sun as October has moved towards its end. Active Region 484 was calculated to be as big as Jupiter as seen from Earth when it initially moved into view and after spawning a number of flares it is beginning to diminish in size being over taken by the trailing AR 486. While the number of flares and associated activity has been considerable, auroral activity has been relatively limited because none of the major events have been Earth directed.