July 20, 2017 on 4:55 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear Skies with average seeing.  Solar Activity is Very Low with no flares in the last two days.  AR2665 has rotated out of view and the Sun is calm with no active regions.  This is the 80th spotless day so far.  Some small filaments and plasma activity can be seen in the Ha images.

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2017-07-19-1258_4-TR-540nm-NELimb.jpg 2017-07-19-1310_6-TR-CaK-1Crp.jpg 2017-07-19-1310_6-TR-CaK-NWLimb.jpg

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July 18, 2017 on 12:10 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Intermittent clouds at the time of observation, however the seeing was average. Solar Activity is Low with 6 C-class flares in the previous two days.  AR2665 is barely visible at S7W87 degrees and still covers an area of 450 millionths with three spots just before it disappears.  However, the close up in Ha still shows the “walls” and plasma stream above it very nicely. It is great that we could observe some nice Solar features in Ha, especially some nice filaments and prominences.  A very nice sun today!!

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July 17, 2017 on 2:05 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Intermittent clouds this morning with wait times between images and below average seeing.  AR2665 has made its way across the disk of the Sun.  It has put on a very nice show.  Today’s Solar Activity is Medium with 6 C-class flares in the last two days.  Total Active Region area for today is 350 millionths of which AR2665 claims 340.  Total Sunspot count is 6.  AR2666 shows as a very tiny spot today.  Today’s images include one filament and 4 prominence images in addition to the normal full disk images.

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2017-07-17-1302_0-TR-Ha-EProms.jpg 2017-07-17-1259_3-TR-Ha-Filam.jpg 2017-07-17-1301_7-TR-Ha-NEProms.jpg

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July 14, 2017 on 12:33 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear Skies again with average seeing conditions.  Solar Activity has increased to Medium with an M2.4 class flare and 9 C-class flares in the last two days.  AR2665 is still an Ehi on the McIntosh scale but has decreased in size to 440 millionths and increased the number of spots to 26.  AR2666 increased a little and still is a Cro.  The filaments are still great and we still see some nice small and faint prominences.

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July 13, 2017 on 4:38 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear skies again with stable seeing.  Solar Activity goes back to Very Low with no flares in the last two days.  The pores from the last few days have grown and are named today as AR2666.  Its size is 20 millionths and has 6 spots.  AR2665 measures 540 millionths and has 17 spots but has decayed to an Ehi on the McIntosh scale.  The filaments remain very nice and the proms have become a lot smaller.  Images today again in all wavelengths .

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2017-07-13-1248_9-TR-540nm-AR2666.jpg 2017-07-13-1256_4-TR-Ha-AR2666.jpg 2017-07-13-1259_3-TR-Ha-SEProm.jpg

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July 12, 2017 on 7:35 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

After two days of clouds and storms a nice session again with good seeing.  Solar Activity is Low with one C-class flare in the last two days.  AR2665 is decaying some more and covers 620 millionths today with 17 sunspots. The pores North of AR2665 are persisting and look nice in the three wavelengths.  Some nice filaments on the Eastern hemisphere and both sides of the Sun show some nice proms.

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2017-07-12-1242_7-TR-540nm-CntrlPores.jpg 2017-07-12-1250_8-TR-Ha-Region.jpg 2017-07-12-1254_1-TR-Ha-SWProm.jpg

2017-07-12-1244_0-TR-540nm-NELimb.jpg 2017-07-12-1251_0-TR-Ha-Region.jpg 2017-07-12-1255_4-TR-Ha-SEProm.jpg

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July 9, 2017 on 5:26 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

I spend some more time on the animation from yesterday.  Added some color, sharpened a little more and added some relevant data on the side, including the time the respective frame was taken.  Click the thumbnail to load and start the animation.

July 9, 2017 on 12:29 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear skies again and good seeing.  Solar Activity has gone up to Medium with 1 M-class flare and 5 C-class flares in the past two days. AR2665 is becoming a nice region with plenty of activity.  SWPC’s daily report showed 38 flare events yesterday.  Active Region Area has increased to 480 millionths and the region contains 14 spots.  In addition, the nice prom at the Eastern limb is still there with plenty of activity.  Today full disk images and close ups of the mentioned regions as well as the filaments.

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2017-07-09-1324_7-TR-540nm-Pores.jpg 2017-07-09-1332_1-TR-Ha-Group.jpg 2017-07-09-1334_7-TR-HaNEProm.jpg

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July 8, 2017 on 9:00 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear and good seeing before the clouds started to come in.  Solar Activity remains Low with one C-class flare in the last two days.  AR2665 is the only Active Region covering 310 millionths and 15 Sunspots.  The nice filaments of the last few days have badly decayed.  A very large prominence is visible on the Easter limb at approx. the same latitude as AR2664.  It measures 65,000 miles wide and reaches 22,000 miles above the solar surface.  I did capture 50 frames over a period of 50 minutes and spend quite some time processing this and created an animation.  One can see very nicely the intertwined streams of plasma moving around.

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July 7, 2017 on 9:25 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Here is the animated Gif of the aftermath of the C1.0 flare.  I cannot believe I am spending this time on a  C-class flare.  But it has been a while since we have had one and even longer for me to capture such a flare in an animation, or the aftermath of one.  Click the image to load and activate the animation. This is 15 minutes of flare activity in AR2665.


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