A new train of sunpots have appeared on the eastern limb over the last few days.Soho has designated the main spot as #963.I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to see the new sunspot because of the heat/ humidity which usually lead to late day thunderstorms (see the previous post).Well, for the moment the crappy skies have cleaned up and the dew point is at a refreshing 55 degrees F and humidity is 44%.I wish I could send the more comfortable weather to the fire fighters out west!!!!.Good luck guys!.
Here is the solar report issued by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA,
Space Environment Center and the U.S. Air Force.
Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity
SDF Number 193 Issued at 2200Z on 12 Jul 2007
IA. Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 11/2100Z
to 12/2100Z: Solar activity was very low. No significant flares
occurred during the past 24 hours.
IB. Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to be very
low, with a slight chance for an isolated C-class flare from Region
IIA. Geophysical Activity Summary 11/2100Z to 12/2100Z:
The geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled. Solar wind speed at
ACE has steadily declined to around 485 km/s at forecast issue time.
IIB. Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is
expected to be quiet to unsettled for the next three days (13-15
July). Isolated active periods are possible on 14-15 July due to a
recurrent coronal hole.
The image below was taken with a Pentax ist DS DSLR at prime focus.Photoshop Elements was used to crop and sharpen the image.
This image was taken using A-focal projection.A 14mm eye piece was used and processing was with PS Elements.Image was sharpened and contrast was increased a bit.
The image below was taken with A-focal projection using a 14mm Meade ultrawide lens and a 2x barlow.Processing was with PS Elements.I also pasted a image of Earth on the main sunspot to give a idea of how large this spot is.The Earth size is only the approximate size!.
Image credit: Andrew