SUNSPOT MONITORING – MARCH 7, 2020

SUNSPOT MONITORING – MARCH 7, 2020

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, March 7, 2020.

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

Solar activity remains generally spotless and inactive today, extending its spotless day streak to 34 days. No significant flaring activity was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  The Sun exhibited several huge eruptive prominences at the limbs (all non-Earth directed) as well as a small enhanced plage (to be monitored in the forthcoming hours or days for potential active region development) at the southeastern quadrant of the Sun’s disk, 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 (4:45 PM – 5:05 PM, March 7, 2020, from NCM Al Wathba Station):

Average Temperature: 31.15°C

Average Humidity: 16%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 8.8 kph from various directions

Average Cloud Cover: 0%

Average Air Pressure: 1002.65 hPa

Average Solar Radiation: 279 W/m^2

Average UV Radiation: — µW/m^2

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