Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, November 24, 2020.

The sky was partly cloudy with intermittent moderate breeze which provided average transparency and seeing at the time these images were taken.

There are 4 active regions that currently exist in the Sun at this moment.

AR2783 (Modified Zurich/Mcintosh sunspot configuration: Dso/beta) exhibited consolidation and slightly umbral growth in its leader and intermediate spots but remained quiet over the past 24 hours. On the other hand, AR2784 has completely decayed into plage.

Meanwhile, we are getting a much clearer view of the two huge sunspot groups AR2785 (Cso/beta) and AR2786 (Hsx/alpha) as it further rotates into Earth-view from the southeastern limb. NOAA-SWPC and SIDC have recorded some C-class flaring activities from both AR2785 and AR2786 and they are expected to produce more in the next few days.

The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 39. The Sun exhibited a few faint quiescent and some moderately huge eruptive prominences mostly at the southeastern and southwestern limbs, the well-defined enhanced plages of the upper-mentioned active regions, and some short stable filaments across the solar disk as distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast gradual increase in solar activity with chances of solar flares of B-class to C-class (possibly up to isolated M-class) intensity, mainly from the upper-mentioned sunspot groups. 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 QHYCCD290III 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.


Weather Data (4:30 PM – 5:00 PM, November 24, 2020, from NCM Al Wathba Station):

Average Temperature: 25.57°C

Average Humidity: 46.67%

Average Wind Speed and Direction: 22.33 kph from NW

Average Cloud Cover: 30%

Average Air Pressure: 1003.53 hPa

Average Solar Radiation: 113 W/m^2

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