SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 8, 2021

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 8, 2021.

The sky was generally clear (with slight haze) with intermittent moderate to fresh breeze which provided average transparency and seeing at the time these images were taken. 

The Sun has remained spotless and inactive over the past 24 hours. No significant flaring activity was recorded throughout the monitoring period.  The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.
Nothing much going on with the Sun lately aside from plasma ejection activities subsided as seen through few huge elongated filaments mostly across the Sun’s southern hemisphere, as well as some tiny quiescent prominences at the southeastern and western limbs as the other noteworthy solar features distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.
Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with chances of solar flares of 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 QHYCCD 290III 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 (4:30 PM – 5:00 PM, January 8, 2021, from NCM Al Wathba Station):

Average Temperature: 23.27°C

Average Humidity: 12%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 19.8 kph from ENE

Average Cloud Cover: 0%

Average Air Pressure: 1007.53 hPa

Average Solar Radiation: 152.67 W/m^2

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