SUNSPOT MONITORING – NOVEMBER 9, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – NOVEMBER 9, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, November 9, 2018.

The sky was clear with light air turbulence making the seeing and transparency good at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. The single sunspot of SIDC Catania group 1 (encircled) grew slightly, otherwise unchanged in structure, but was inactive. No significant flaring activity was recorded.  The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 1.  Some huge eruptive prominences mostly at the western limb, a long extended filament at the northeastern portion of the disk, and the plage associated with Catania group 1 were 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. The extent of the frequency and intensity of the Sun’s activity will highly depend on the magnetic flux fluctuations happening in the visible ARs in the coming days. 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 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)

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