SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 2, 2019

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 2, 2019

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 2, 2019.

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

The Sun remains spotless as generally quiet solar activity has persisted 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.  Solar features observed are some moderately huge eruptive prominences mostly at western limb, few small filaments and a plage region (unnumbered) at the eastern section of the Sun’s disk which was thought to be a recurring active region appeared a week ago 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 (4:45PM – 5:00PM, Febuary 2, 2019):

Average Temperature: 32°C

Average Humidity: 20.5%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 3 kph from southerly direction (variable)

Average Cloud Cover: 0 %

Average Air Pressure: 1003.05 hpa

Average Light: 183.79 W/m^2

Average UV Radiation: 99µ W/m^2 (low)

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