SUNSPOT MONITORING – JUNE 15, 2019

SUNSPOT MONITORING – JUNE 15, 2019

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, June 15, 2019.

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

The Sun remained in its spotless and generally inactive state 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.  Few huge eruptive prominences at the western and northeastern limb, as well as a small developing plage somewhere at the western section of the Sun’s disk were the observed solar features 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 (5:45 PM – 6:00 PM, June 15, 2019):

Average Temperature: 40.2°C

Average Humidity: 34.5%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 20.15 kph from NNW

Average Cloud Cover: 0%

Average Air Pressure: 987.3 hpa

Average Solar Radiation: 131.755 W/m^2

Average UV Radiation: 99 µW/m^2 (low)

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