Arab astronomer captures giant sunspot behind Northern Lights phenomenon

11:15 PM | 11 May, 2024
Arab astronomer captures giant sunspot behind Northern Lights phenomenon
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As the aurora borealis painted the skies of multiple countries, an astronomer from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) captured rare images of a "giant sunspot" that induced ethereal hues of pink, immersive shades of purple, and surreal greens in the sky—commonly known as the northern lights.

Although the northern lights weren't observed in the Gulf country like in other parts of the world, Mohammad Odeh, a prominent astronomer and chairman of the International Astronomy Centre (IAC), shared photographs of the colossal flames erupting from the sun. These images marked the onset of a solar storm, triggering the most potent geomagnetic disturbance the planet has experienced in two decades.

Using specialized telescopes, Odeh captured these images from the IAC's Astronomical Seal Observatory in Abu Dhabi. The first image showcases a prominent giant sunspot, while the second depicts massive flames emanating from the sun.

Odeh noted that the sun exhibited four significant flares over the past two days: the first at 1 pm UAE time on May 9, followed by another at 10 pm the same day, then at 10:54 am on Friday, and finally at 5:23 am on Saturday.

"These emissions, upon reaching Earth, disrupt the planet's magnetic field, giving rise to the aurora borealis. Due to the intensity of these eruptions and emissions, the northern lights were visible in regions where they had not been observed for a considerable time," explained the expert.

The breathtaking displays of the northern lights in the northern hemisphere originated from the first flare, which hit Earth at 8 pm GMT (12 am UAE time) on Friday.

"The second emission is anticipated to reach us today, Saturday, at 11 pm GMT, followed by the third emission tomorrow, Sunday, at 10 am, and the fourth emission at 12 noon," Odeh projected.

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Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 28, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.25 for selling.

Euro stands at 298 for buying and 301 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal increased to 73.45.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.25
Euro EUR 298 301
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.03 748.03
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.42 38.82
Danish Krone DKK 40.44 40.84
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.62 35.97
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 904.07 913.07
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.05 59.65
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.6 7.75


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