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SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 17, 2018

No solar images were taken today, May 17, 2018, due to unfavorable sky condition (mostly cloudy to overcast) at the proposed time of observation.

No active sunspot regions currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk with no significant flaring activity recorded as solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. read more

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ASTEROID 2010WC9 CLOSE FLY-BY

Al Sadeem Astronomy’s resident astronomer Aldrin Gabuya captured the path of the asteroid in spite of poor sky condition early in the morning of May 16, 2018, at 00:20 local time when it was about 17 above the horizon in the constellation of Scorpio. Below is the time-lapse animation of the asteroid fly-by in 10 sec exposure per frame using the observatory’s Celestron 11-inch SCT mounted on Skywatcher EQ6 pro mount and ZWO1600MC cooled camera. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 16, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 16, 2018.

The sky was partly cloudy with intermittent light to moderate breeze making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 15, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 15, 2018.

The sky was slightly hazy with intermittent light to moderate breeze making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken. read more

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LAGOON NEBULA OBSERVATION LOG

These are the images of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8/NGC 6523) (different edits) using the observatory’s Meade LX850 16-inch SCT, Skywatcher EQ8 mount (guided) and unmodified Canon EOS 700D taken by Al Sadeem Astronomy’s director Alejandro Q. Palado last May 9, 2018. read more

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MARS & JUPITER OPPOSITION OBSERVATION LOG

On the late evening of May 9 until the early morning of May 10, 2018, Al Sadeem Astronomy Observatory imaged the red planet Mars and the largest planet Jupiter in opposition. Equipment used are Meade LX850 16-inch SCT mounted on Skywatcher EQ8 mount, ZWO120MC uncooled camera, and GSO 2.5x Barlow lens. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 14, 2018

No solar images were taken today, May 14, 2018, due to time constraints experienced by the observer.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. The lone visible sunspot group AR2709 has recently lost its sunspot structure but still distinct in H-alpha imagery. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 13, 2018

No solar images were taken issued today, May 13, 2018, due to unfavorable weather condition (dust storm) at the proposed time of observation.

 

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. Some tiny pores were seen popping out in the lone visible sunspot group AR2709, otherwise, its sunspot structure has unchanged. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 12.  Few prominences at the western limb, plages associated with AR2709 and former active regions, and filaments across the Sun’s disk were observed in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or flares ranging up to B-class intensity. The extent of the frequency and intensity of the Sun’s activity will highly depend on the magnetic flux fluctuations happening in the visible ARs in the coming days. Close monitoring is being conducted by numerous space weather agencies for any significant development.

*Technical reports courtesy of Solar Influence Data Center (SIDC), NOAA-Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA-SWPC)
*FALSE-COLOR VISIBLE AND FALSE COLOR H-ALPHA IMAGERY COURTESY OF SOLARHAM.COM AND DAYSTARFILTER.COM RESPECTIVELY

 

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 12, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 12, 2018.

The sky was hazy with light to moderate air turbulence making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – MAY 11, 2018

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 11, 2018.

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