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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA


Solar activity peaks

A large group of sunspots can now be seen from Taiwan and will remain visible until Nov. 27 as solar activity peaks, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said. The group of sunspots, coded AR2209, is spread across an area 26 times the size of the Earth’s surface, the museum said. The sunspots will be most visible in the early morning and late afternoon when sunlight is weakest. The museum in Shilin District (士林) is offering guided sunspot watching sessions from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm every day except Monday, and will continue through Thursday. It warned sky gazers without professional equipment to use solar filters instead of ordinary sunglasses when looking at the sun to protect their eyes. Large concentrations of sunspots occur when the sun enters a period of increasing magnetic field turbulence, which can lead to large eruptions of charged particles that form dark dots as seen from Earth, the museum said. The intense solar activity behind the emergence of AR2209 could cause disruptions to satellite-based communications such as cellphones and GPS, it said.


Chen Che-nan sentenced

An aide to former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) was sentenced to seven years in prison and had his civil rights stripped for five years by the Supreme Court on Thursday for accepting bribes while in office, marking the end to a case that has been making its way through the court system for eight years. The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said it has taken measures to prevent former Presidential Office deputy secretary-general Chen Che-nan (陳哲男), 73, from fleeing the country and will be subject to monitoring by judicial police. Chen Che-nan was charged in 2006 with leveraging his position in the Presidential Office in 2002.

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