SUNSPOT MONITORING – JULY 8, 2020

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JULY 8, 2020

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, July 8, 2020.

The sky was mostly clear but with intermittent moderate breeze which provided good transparency but average seeing at the time these images were taken.

The small enhanced region of pores mentioned yesterday did not develop further in structure over the past 24 hours, thus no active regions currently exist in the Sun today. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. No significant flaring activity was recorded. Nothing much going on significantly with the Sun lately except for moderately huge quiescent prominences at the limbs and few short stable filaments near the northwestern limb and at the far southern hemisphere 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 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. 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 (5:35 PM – 5:55 PM, July 8, 2020, from NCM Al Wathba Station):

Average Temperature: 40.27°C

Average Humidity: 41.33%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 23.63kph from NNW

Average Cloud Cover: 0%

Average Air Pressure: 986.23 hPa

Average Solar Radiation: 164.67 W/m^2

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