SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 6, 2019

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 6, 2019

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 6, 2019.

The sky was mostly clear with moderate to fresh winds which provided average transparency but poor seeing at the time these images were taken.

The Sun remains on its spotless and inactive state as generally very low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Few solar features were also observed, particularly minor plasma ejections through quiescent prominences at the northwestern limb and another one at the southwestern limb, as well as the remnant plage of the former recurring active region at the near-central portion of the Sun’s disk 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 – 5:05PM, February 6, 2019):

Average Temperature: 23.2°C

Average Humidity: 30%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 36.7 kph from NNE

Average Cloud Cover: 15%

Average Air Pressure: 1009.45 hpa

Average Solar Radiation: 168.26 W/m^2

Average UV Radiation: 99 µW/m^2 (low)

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