Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 31, 2020.
The sky was mostly clear with intermittent light breeze which provided good transparency and seeing at the time these images were taken.
The Sun remains spotless and generally inactive on its 10th consecutive day. No significant flaring activity was recorded over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. SIDC and NOAA-SWPC reported a filament eruption along the northeastern quadrant yesterday, August 30, 2020, and it’s currently being analyzed for any significant after-effects to space weather conditions in the next few days. The Sun exhibited several plasma ejections through the presence of few huge eruptive prominences at the limbs, and some short stable filaments mostly along the Sun’s northeastern quadrant as the only noteworthy solar features distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.
Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to be at very low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or flares 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. For H-alpha imagery, the equipment used are Lunt 60mm H-alpha solar telescope, and QHYCCD290III mono camera; all mounted on Skywatcher EQ6 pro mount 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 (5:35 PM – 6:00 PM, August 31, 2020, from NCM Al Wathba Station):
Average Temperature: 43.37°C
Average Humidity: 6%
Average Wind Speed and Direction: 11.87 kph from NE
Average Cloud Cover: 10%
Average Air Pressure: 990.17 hPa
Average Solar Radiation: 95.33 W/m^2