Today we had visitors over for lunch. As it was sunny with clear skies, I decided to setup for solar imaging. The sun was particularly interesting today, as there were many sunspots visible. Here are some of the images.
While I was chatting away with my friend, I noticed a black object moving through the solar disc. I managed to take a few images, and then paused for a short moment, before taking another few images. Then I looked at the live view on the camera to see what I had managed to capture. There was a black dot moving past the Sunspot AR2230, which was where the magnified view was trained on.
The image below is one of the few I shot after the initial burst, showing the satellite had moved nearly to the edge of the sun.
The animated .gif below was created from the 10 images I managed to capture in the first burst, showing the movement of the satellite through the solar disc.
As I have said before, the sun is so interesting – you can never tell what you will see when you look up at it. BTW, my wife did ask me – could it be a UFO? Nah! It must be a satellite. (Addendum 15/12/14 – My friend has suggested that this could be a weather balloon drifting past).