Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 21, 2019.

The sky was clear but experienced intermittent light to moderate breeze making transparency good but average seeing at the time these images were taken.

Generally very low solar activity has persisted over the past 2 days. A single small sunspot was seen developing at the encircled location The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 1.  H-alpha imagery revealed few quiescent prominences at the limbs and the developing plage associated with the potential active sunspot region forming.

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 ZWO120MM CMOS 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 (4:30PM – 5PM, January 21, 2019):

Average Temperature: 21.7C

Average Humidity: 46.5%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 17.6 kph WNW

Average Cloud Cover: 0%

Average Air Pressure: 1007 hpa

Average Light: 319.5 W/m^2

Average UV Radiation: 319.5 µW/m^2

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