SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 23, 2019

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 23, 2019

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 23, 2019.

The sky was slightly hazy to partly cloudy with moderate to fresh breeze which provided average to poor seeing and transparency at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. No active sunspot regions currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk. No significant flaring activity was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Few small quiescent prominences at the northeastern and northwestern limbs were the only visible solar features at the moment as 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 (5:55 PM – 6:10 PM, August 23, 2019):

Average Temperature: 41.6°C

Average Humidity: 27%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 28.1 kph from N

Average Cloud Cover: 45%

Average Air Pressure: 990.2 hpa

Average Solar Radiation: 66.31 W/m^2

Average UV Radiation: 45 µW/m^2 (low)

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