Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, November 15, 2018.
The sky was mostly clear with intermittent light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.
Barely seen in white-light imagery, AR2726 (Modified Zurich/Mcintosh sunspot configuration: Axx/alpha) decays further and may vanish in view shortly. Meanwhile, a new bipolar (beta) sunspot region has emerged at the near-central portion of the Sun’s disk (encircled). No significant flaring activity associated with these sunspot groups were recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 14. A huge eruptive hedgerow prominence at the northwestern limb and small quiescent ones at the eastern limb were 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. The extent of the frequency and intensity of the Sun’s activity will highly depend on the magnetic flux fluctuations happening in the visible ARs in the coming days. 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 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)