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February 5, 2020

Sunspot activity for the month of January remained extremely low however, on the 3rd January a single Axx spot was observed of the new solar cycle 25 in Active Region 12755.

Due to very consistent smoke haze from bush fires and cloud cover no observations were made until the 12th when a very faint Prominence was seen on...

November 23, 2019

On Boxing day this year there will be an annular eclipse which will be a surprise to many.  

Even though I am a keen amateur astronomer, this eclipse will be too close to Christmas to justify a long road trip from the southern states to the Northern Territory, northern Queensland or northern Western Australia, espe...

November 15, 2019

Sunspot activity on the Sun is now proving to be very rare as the Solar Cycle 24 is now at minimum. Not one Sunspot was observed by me for the whole of the month. The only activity seen on the face of the Sun was a very small faint Filament seen on the first of October about 60° east and 10° south.

Prominences were a li...

October 14, 2019

Sunspot activity for the month of September remained extremely low however, on the 1st September two very small Bxi spots were observed in AR12748 and remained on the solar disc the following day as a single Axx spot.

No further Sunspots were seen on the Sun for the rest of the month.

Prominences

The most significant Prom...

September 30, 2019

Coronal Holes were observed at the end of July, beginning of August by Space Weather.com - these are shown in the image above from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, recorded using very sophisticated imaging equipment. 

However, through my telescope in the Southern Hemisphere the Sun appeared far less exciting and I obs...

August 14, 2019

For the month of July, 2019 and during my 21 days of solar observations I did not see any Sunspot activity.

The only activity that was seen were Prominences. These were mostly faint and small.

The most prominent was on the 8th reaching 47,000km in height, the 9th a Hedgerow Prominence on the NW limb reaching 65,000km hig...

July 10, 2019

For the month of June, 2019, though solar activity was once again was still very low, a few Sunspot groups did appear.

On June 1st the Solar disc was completely clear of all activity and on the 2nd a Prominence on the NW limb and another on the SE limb, both quite faint were observed.Due to bad weather no further observ...

June 5, 2019

For the month of May, 2019, though solar activity was once again was still very low, a few Sunspot groups did appear. A total of 24 observations were made with the remaining 7 days either cloud covered or rain. This included 12 days when no Sunspot activity could be seen.Summing up there was a total of two Sunspot grou...

At last...there was a bit more solar activity in April as reported by Monty Leventhal OAM from his balcony in Maroubra, a suburb of Sydney.

Even though solar activity was still very low in the month of April 2019, a few Sunspot groups did appear. The first seen was on the 1st UT when the small Bxi (3) group AR12737 cont...

March 2, 2019

February 2019

For the month of February, 2019 it appeared to me that all Sunspot activity had ceased with all other activity remaining very low. A total of 18 observations were made with the remaining 10 days being cloud covered or rain.PROMINENCES.Prominences for the whole month were few and mostly faint.

Most significa...

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