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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lecture and Sun-Spot Observation at University of Colombo by MAS

It was a kick-start for the year 2012 for the astro-enthusiasts of University of Colombo as Mathematical and Astronomical Society of the university put together a lecture and an observation session focused on sun spots last week. 06th of January 2012 saw the astro folks gathering at the Department of Physics for a lecture conducted by Dr Chandana Jayaratne followed by a session of sun spot observation a bit later on afterward the lecture.

One of the advantages, living somewhere closer to equator, I think would be to have the sun light whole year, allowing yourself to play with the sun,  and you have to make sure this is a very careful game. However although the telescope available was not that powerful, many were able to observe the sun and identify some sun spots on solar surface.

The lecture and observation session were well-attended highlighting the interest that the students had, although not everybody had their courses to do with physics.

Caution : Always use filters or similar competent equipment when observing the sun as it can cause irreversible damage to the eye.