SUNSPOT MONITORING – JUNE 12, 2020

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, June 12, 2020.

The sky was generally clear with intermittent light to moderate winds which provided good transparency but average seeing at the time these images were taken.

The lone visible sunspot group AR2765 (Modified Zurich/Mcintosh sunspot configuration: Hsx/alpha) was generally stable and inactive over the past 24 hours. No significant flaring activity was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. Small disintegrating plages associated with AR2765 and some eruptive prominence activities at the limbs (including a huge one at the south-southwestern limb) were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or flares up to B-class (possibly up to C-class) intensity, mainly from AR2765. 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 QHYCCDIII mono 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 (5:35 PM – 5:55 PM, June 12, 2020, from NCM Al Wathba Station):

Average Temperature: 39.73°C

Average Humidity: 14.67%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 22.9 kph from NNW

Average Cloud Cover: 0%

Average Air Pressure: 988.8 hPa

Average Solar Radiation: 170.67 W/m^2

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