SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 31, 2020

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 31, 2020

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 31, 2020.

The sky was generally clear with intermittent light to moderate winds which provided good transparency but average seeing at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. AR2757 (Modified Zurich/Mcintosh sunspot configuration: Hsx/alpha) was overall dormant and experienced very little to no change in structure. No significant flaring activity was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. Not much significant going on with the Sun lately except for a huge eruptive prominence spewing out from the southwestern limb (non-Earth directed), 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 (possibly up to C-class) intensity, mainly from AR2757. 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 QHYCCDIII mono 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 (4:30 PM – 5:00 PM, January 31, 2020, from NCM Al Wathba Station):

Average Temperature: 22.8°C

Average Humidity: 27%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 8.27 kph from NNW

Average Cloud Cover: 5%

Average Air Pressure: 1006.833 hpa

Average Solar Radiation: 234.33 W/m^2

Average UV Radiation: 0 µW/m^2 (low)

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