SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 29, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – OCTOBER 29, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, October 29, 2018.

The sky was clear with some intermittent light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency good to average at the time these images were taken.

The Sun remains spotless as generally quiet solar activity prevailed over the past 48 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  H-alpha imagery revealed several eruptive prominences in different parts of the Sun’s limb and a filament across the disk.

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 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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