SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 6, 2020

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 6, 2020

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Here is today’s white-light solar imagery taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 6, 2020.

The sky was partly cloudy with intermittent light to moderate winds turbulence (imaged through a brief sky window) 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. The lone visible sunspot group AR2755 (Modified Zurich/Mcintosh sunspot configuration: Axx/alpha) at the far southern hemisphere has been gradually decaying in structure and inactive, dormant of any significant activity over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. Continuous gradual structure decay is expected in the next few days.

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, 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 (5:25 PM – 5:40 PM, January 6, 2020):

Average Temperature: 21.3°C

Average Humidity: 54%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 19.1 kph from NNW

Average Cloud Cover: 70%

Average Air Pressure: 1007.1 hpa

Average Solar Radiation: 20.06 W/m^2

Average UV Radiation: 0 µW/m^2 (low)

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