SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 13, 2019

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 13, 2019

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 13, 2019.

The sky was partly cloudy with moderate winds which provided average seeing and transparency at the time these images were taken.

The Sun remains in its spotless and generally inactive state over the past 48 hours (from the previous observation). No significant flaring activity was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Some prominence activities, including huge eruptive ones at the opposite (northwestern and southeastern) limbs, were distinctively captured 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.  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 (5:50 PM – 6:05 PM, August 13, 2019):

Average Temperature: 41.4°C

Average Humidity: 15.5%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 20.9 kph from NW

Average Cloud Cover: 45%

Average Air Pressure: 987.3 hpa

Average Solar Radiation: 100.32 W/m^2

Average UV Radiation: 45 µW/m^2 (low)

 

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