ISRO releases pictures of the celestial event, Aditya L1 captures images of Sun during solar fury

Aditya L1. Photo Courtesy: ISRO website

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IBNS-CMEDIA: Two onboard remort sensing instruments preset in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s Aditya-L1 spacecraft have captured the recent solar fury.

In a statement, ISRO said: ” The Active region AR13664 on the Sun, during its passage during the week of May 8 – 15, 2024, erupted several X-class and M-class flares, which were associated with Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) during May 8 and 9.”

” These produced a major geomagnetic storm on May 11, 2024. Two of the remote sensing payloads on board Aditya-L1 (SoLEXS and HEL1OS) captured these events during May 8-9, 2024 while the two in-situ payloads (ASPEX and MAG) captured this event during May 10-11, 2024 during its passage through L1,” ISRO said.

“These observations were subsequently reported by ISRO, along with the observations made by the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, XPoSat as well as by USO-PRL ground-based facility,” ISRO said.

“During those series of eruptive events, two remote sensing instruments onboard Aditya-L1, viz. the Solar Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope (SUIT) and the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC) were in baking and calibration modes respectively, and couldn’t observe the event during May 10- 11. Both SUIT and VELC doors were opened on May 14 after the completion of the indented operations,” the statement said.

Aditya L1 is the first space-based Indian mission to study the Sun.

The mission was launched on September 2, last year.