Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, April 24, 2019.
The sky was clear but with moderate winds which provided good transparency and average seeing at the time these images were taken.
The Sun remains in its spotless and inactive state over the past 24 hours. No significant flaring activity was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Despite the absence of active sunspot regions, the Sun unleashes huge eruptive prominence activity at the limbs mostly at the northern hemisphere.
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. Close monitoring is being conducted by numerous space weather agencies for any significant development.
Equipment used are Skywatcher 120mm refractor telescope with Baader filter and unmodified Canon EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR camera for visible imagery and Lunt H-alpha solar telescope and ZWO120MM CMOS camera for H-alpha imagery, mounted on Skywatcher EQ6 Pro. Pre-processing of visible solar images was performed in PIPP, stacking in Autostakkert, slight wavelet adjustments in Registax 6 and post-processing in Adobe Photoshop CC.
*Technical reports courtesy of Solar Influence Data Center (SIDC), NOAA-Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA-SWPC)
Weather Data (4:50 PM – 5:15 PM, April 24, 2019):
Average Temperature: 25.5°C
Average Humidity: 49%
Average Wind Speed and Direction: 32.95 kph from NNW
Average Cloud Cover: 0%
Average Air Pressure: 1004.35 hpa
Average Solar Radiation: 217.57 W/m^2
Average UV Radiation: 540 µW/m^2 (low)