Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, May 1, 2019.
The sky was clear with intermittent light to moderate winds which provided excellent transparency but with average seeing, at the time these images were taken.
The Sun remains in its spotless and generally inactive state as very low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. No significant flaring activity was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Not much solar features were visible except for small quiescent filaments at the far northern hemisphere and some prominences including a huge eruptive one at the northeastern limb as distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.
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 (4:50 PM – 5:05 PM, May 1, 2019):
Average Temperature: 32.7°C
Average Humidity: 20.5%
Average Wind Speed and Direction: 24.5 kph from NNW
Average Cloud Cover: 0%
Average Air Pressure: 997.0 hpa
Average Solar Radiation: 220.68 W/m^2
Average UV Radiation: 540 µW/m^2 (low)