2019 Solar Viewing

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Christopher K.
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2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » January 2nd, 2019, 1:08 pm

The first planned public viewing of the Sun at the Highland Road Park Observatory will be from 12pm to 2pm on Saturday 19 January. It is not yet known what the sunspot production will be this coming year, although the Sun is in solar minimum. Sixty of 2018 was spotless, though there were at least twenty-two geomagnetic storm alerts.

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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » January 4th, 2019, 1:11 pm

This is currently weak surface activity in the form of Active Region 2732, which is will soon rotate around to the back of the Sun (if it makes it to the limb). Between 2:00pm and 2:05pm I did not see anything at 120x, though I scanned every limb.

Here is a current image...
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2019/ ... mi1898.gif

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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » January 19th, 2019, 9:36 am

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 12pm to 2pm...
precipitation potential, 7%
sky cover, 80%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, W 29 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "bad" (1 out of 5). HRPO personnel will still attempt viewing of the Sun, but please keep in mind the conditions.

The 19 January 2019 daytime rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » January 23rd, 2019, 3:22 pm

The next planned solar viewing session at HRPO is Saturday 23 February from 12pm to 2pm.

Active Region 2733 is currently crossing the Sun...
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2019/ ... mi1898.gif

All solar viewing sessions include a free tour of the two domes, and solar-powered machines.

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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » January 24th, 2019, 1:03 pm

There is currently Active Region 2733 on the Sun. I looked about eight minutes ago with HRPO's 10" Orion Dobsonian reflector at 48x. I had a rather "fuzzy" view; perhaps I didn't let the tube acclimate enough. I encourage anyone with the ability to view this AR within the next twenty-four hours.

Current view of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2019/ ... mi1898.gif

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