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October 2018

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 31, 2018

Here is the white-light imagery of the Sun taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 31, 2018.

Only one solar image was taken due to the presence of haze/scattered high cirrus clouds (then clouded out completely afterwards) at the time these images were taken. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 30, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 30, 2018.

The sky was clear with intermittent light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken. read more

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THE PACMAN NEBULA (NGC281)

NGC281 known as the Pacman Nebula taken from Al Sadeem Observatory October 12, 2018 using Vixen ED115S telescope and ZWO1600MC-cool CMOS camera mounted on Skywatcher EQ6. 2.5 hours total exposure time, stacked and post-processed in Pixinsight. (Image Credit: Al Sadeem Astronomy)

NGC281, also known as the Pacman Nebula is an emission nebula located about 9200-9500 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cassiopeia (the queen). It is also called IC 11 or Sh2-184 using the IC and Sharpless sky catalogues respectively. Specifically, it is a bright HII region,spans about 96 light-years in diameter (a region in space where interstellar atomic hydrogen is ionized signifying active star formation) within the Milky Way’s Perseus Spiral Arm. read more

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THE WITCH’S BROOM NEBULA (NGC6960)

NGC6960 known as the Western Veil Nebula taken from Al Sadeem Observatory last July 21, 2018 using Vixen ED115S telescope and ZWO1600MC-cool CMOS camera mounted on Skywatcher EQ6. 2 hours total exposure time, stacked and post-processed in Pixinsight. (Image Credit: Al Sadeem Astronomy)

NGC6960, known as the Western Veil Nebula, is a diffuse nebula located about 1470 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cygnus (the swan). It has multiple other designations such as the Witch’s Broom Nebula, Filamentary Nebula, Finger of God Nebula, Lacework Nebula (based on its shape resemblance) or Caldwell 34. It is a western portion of the Veil Nebula or the Cygnus Loop placed at the right wing of the swan. read more

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THE WIZARD NEBULA (NGC7380)

NGC7380 known as the Wizard Nebula taken from Al Sadeem Observatory last September 22, 2018 using Vixen ED115S telescope and ZWO1600MC-cool CMOS camera mounted on Skywatcher EQ6. Stacked and post-processed in Pixinsight. (Image Credit: Al Sadeem Astronomy)

NGC 7380, known as the Wizard Nebula, is an emission nebula located about 7200 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cepheus (the king). It was discovered by William Herschel’s sister Caroline, in 1787. In fact, it is a open star cluster associated with nebulosity in which the orientation of the stars, stellar dust and gas created a shape resembling to a fictional medieval sorcerer. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 29, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 29, 2018.

The sky was clear with some intermittent light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency good to average at the time these images were taken. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 27, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 27, 2018.

The sky was clear with intermittent light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 26, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 26, 2018.

The sky was clear with light air turbulence making the seeing and transparency good at the time these images were taken. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 25, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 25, 2018.

The sky was clear with light air turbulence making the seeing and transparency good at the time these images were taken. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 24, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 24, 2018.

The sky was mostly clear (some light cirrus clouds passing) with light air turbulence making the seeing and transparency good at the time these images were taken. read more