November 10, 2017 on 7:44 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear skies with poor seeing conditions.  Solar Activity remains Very Low with no flares in the last two days. It’s been a few days since we’ve seen Active Regions and Sunspots.  Today makes for Spotless Day 112. A nice filament shows in the Northern hemisphere and a few prominences around the solar disk.  I spend about 40 minutes imaging the prom at the NE-limb.  Will see at the next cloudy day if the seeing was ok for an animation.

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November 6, 2017 on 3:37 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Poor Seeing after the clouds moved out.  Solar Activity remains Very Low with no flares in the last two days.  In fact the Sun looks real quiet at Spotless Day 107. One nice filament at the NE limb and some real small proms around the disk.

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November 3, 2017 on 8:10 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear Skies but poor seeing.  Solar Activity remains Very Low with no flares in the last two days.  Since my last post we have had two spotless days which makes today Spotless Day number 105.  Some prominences and filaments are visible, but poor quality because of the seeing.

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October 31, 2017 on 6:16 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear skies, with average seeing.  Solar Activity remains Very Low with no flares in the last two days.  Still two regions today with two spots.  The SW and SE limbs look great with some beautiful prominences and a nice filament at the NW Limb.

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October 30, 2017 on 5:56 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear skies with average seeing.  Solar Activity is Very Low with no flares in the last two days.  Two Active Regions, AR2685 and 86, each covering an area of 10 millionths.  Total spots for today is 3. While the regions are very small, we see some very nice prominences at both the SE and SW limbs.

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October 27, 2017 on 7:41 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Had a little time before leaving for the ALPO / GRAM meeting in Athens.  Clear Skies and seeing was OK.  Solar Activity remains Very Low with no flares in the last two days.AR2685 has decayed to 20 millionths and has only 1 sunspot.  AR2686 is still at 20 millionths and 2 spots. Some nice proms are visible at the NE, and NW limbs and the NE prom extends into a filament onto the NE quadrant.

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October 26, 2017 on 1:16 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear Skies this morning. Solar Activity is Very Low with no flares in the last two days.  Both regions have deteriorated a little.  Today, Active Region AR2685 covers an area of 50 millionths, and AR2686 covers 20 millionths, while the spot count has gone down to 2. Both areas are Hsx on the McIntosh scale and the Hale class is alpha.  Some nice prominences can be observed at the NE as well as NW limbs and a few nice filaments can be seen in the SW quadrant.

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October 24, 2017 on 7:51 am | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear skies with a few wind gusts and average seeing. Solar Activity for today is Very Low with no flares in the previous two days.  We now have two active regions AR2685 covering an area of  60 millionths and AR2686 covering 30.  Total spot count is 3.  The nice prominence we have been following for over a week is still nice as it arrives at the Western limb, while the huge Prom/filament from a few days ago had deteriorated to a small filament.  Another nice Prominence is visible at the NE limb.

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October 23, 2017 on 12:39 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

We had some cloudy and rainy days giving me time to process the animation of the prom on the 20th.  Here two versions, the left is a fast moving animation showing pretty good the half an hour activity going on in the prom.  The second on the right runs slower and allows you to follow individual streams of plasma as they flow along the magnetic field of the about 40,000 miles high and 170,000 miles wide structure.  Please click the thumbnail below of the appropriate version to load the animation.

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October 21, 2017 on 8:48 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Thin Cirrus clouds and wide spread contrails today.  However managed to get a relative clear area to image. Solar Activity is Medium with two M-class flares in the last two days.   Following twelve spotless days which were interrupted briefly for one day by a tiny spot, we see a relative nice sized area coming around the Eastern limb. The huge prom from yesterday has now turned partly earth side so we can nicely see how a prominence transforms into a filament when it levitates over the earth facing surface. We also see a nice prom following the new area.  To round it off for today, the three areas with filaments are still nicely visible and have not seen much deterioration.

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