Intern Captures Image of Massive Sunspot

Intern Captures Image of Massive Sunspot

Sunspot discovered by PARI intern

Sunspot Image Captured by PARI Intern, Sam Frederick

These sunspot images were taken by PARI Intern Sam Frederick as he spent the summer automating PARI’s solar telescope and preparing an observation plan for the solar eclipse. Sam was the Jim Falls summer intern and is currently a junior at Davidson College. He said capturing the images was no small task: “I was using an Imaging Source 41AU camera through a 5” Schmidt-Cassegrain with a white light filter. To make these images, a series of 500 photos were captured for each image and then run through Registax software to align, calibrate and determine the highest resolution images to combine into the composite image.”

The image shown here in color was captured first, the second image was taken several days later. “The second image is significant,” said Sam, “in that it shows sunspots have a definite movement across the Sun as we see them. The penumbra and surrounding magnetically active regions due to the sunspot are also clearly visible, which suggests the extent to which the spot impacts the dynamic system of the magnetosphere.”

Sunspots mark regions where extremely powerful magnetic fields emerge through the photosphere. The sunspot Sam photographed is AR2665, which is about 75,000 miles wide, or more than nine times the size of Earth. During the period Sam was observing it, AR2665 released a solar flare with temperatures exceeding 2 million Kelvin, more than 6000 times hotter than the warmest days on Earth.

 

Duke TIP records 16th successful summer at PARI

Duke TIP records 16th successful summer at PARI

Duke TIP Students at PARI

Duke TIP Students Visit PARI

Two separate two-week sessions brought a total of 57 students to the PARI campus for the Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) Summer Field Study in Astronomy, Physics and Astrobiology. It was the 16th consecutive year that PARI hosted the program. Each student spent a full two weeks on campus exploring astrophysics, stellar and galactic astronomy, astrobiology and astronomical instrumentation. The program included research studies using PARI radio and optical telescopes as well as some formal class sessions. Students engaged in original research under the direction of PARI astronomers and Duke TIP staff, then wrote and presented a summary of their work. When not working on their projects, there was plenty of time for the students to enjoy night sky observing, hiking, fishing, and movies.

 

Duke TIP Students at PARI
Duke TIP Students at PARI with Don Cline
Duke TIP Students at PARI
Duke TIP Students at PARI
Duke TIP Students at PARI
Duke TIP Students at PARI

PARI Profile- Chelena Blythe

PARI Profile – Chelena Blythe

Chelena Blythe with PARI visitors

Chelena Blythe with PARI Visitors

PARI’s  public outreach expansion has resulted in another addition to our visitor services staff. Chelena Blythe can usually be found at the front desk of the Cline Administration Building, greeting visitors and providing them with the information they need to make the most of their time on the PARI campus.  A lifelong resident of Transylvania County, Chelena currently resides in the Silversteen community with her husband and son.

 

Management team restructured for new era at PARI

Management team restructured for new era at PARI

With the addition of two senior managers this summer, PARI has now completed the restructuring of the management team charged with refining and implementing the master plan for campus and program development.

John Holloway is now serving as managing director and Karen Bellucy is PARI’s first full-time director of development.  They join Chris Price, marketing director, and Ann Daves, HR and finance director, as direct reports to PARI President Don Cline.

“PARI is on the threshold of a major growth cycle that will include new facilities as well as an expansion of our programs and public outreach,” said Cline.  “We recognized the need to restructure our internal organization and recruit the specific talents needed to guide PARI through this process.  We now have the team in place and are already focusing on the next phase of our development.”

As managing director, John Holloway will oversee the daily operations at PARI and supervise those departments that do not report directly to the president:  education, research, technology and facilities.  He has a strong background in strategy planning and resource alignment, most recently serving as president of Growth Guiders, a company he founded to provide management consulting services to nonprofits.  He also served eight years as director of chapter services for Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity, where he managed 22-30 staff members and more than 600 volunteers.

Karen Bellucy is PARI’s first full-time director of development, charged with creating and implementing both short-term and long-range development strategies.  She previously served 13 years as development director of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, in Palm City, Florida.  In that capacity she planned and directed all fundraising efforts, including corporate donations, major gifts, annual campaigns, planned giving, direct mail and special events.