SUNSPOT MONITORING – MARCH 24, 2020

SUNSPOT MONITORING – MARCH 24, 2020

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, March 24, 2020.

The sky was partly cloudy with intermittent light to moderate winds which provided average transparency and seeing at the time these images were taken.

The Sun remains in its spotless and generally inactive state over the past 24 hours, extending its streak to 14 consecutive days. No major flaring activity was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Not much significant going on with the Sun lately except few small quiescent prominences mostly at the northwestern limb and some disintegrating plages at the northwestern quadrant as the only visible 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 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 (4:55 PM – 5:10 PM, March 24, 2020, from NCM Al Wathba Station):

Average Temperature: 22.5°C

Average Humidity: 42%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 24.15 kph from N

Average Cloud Cover: 45%

Average Air Pressure: 1002.5 hPa

Average Solar Radiation: 195 W/m^2

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