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June 05, 2017

A short Summary of Carrington Rotation 2190

Carrington Rotation 2190 covered the time period from 2017-04-29 1509 UT – 2017-05-26 2030 UT.
Solar Activity decreased during the rotation, and so did the number of submissions. 325 Submissions were added to the archive at the time of this summary, and can be viewed in ALPO’s Solar Archive for CR2190:

http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=100739

During the rotation we could observe 9 regions. The rotation started on 2017-04-29 with 3 Active Regions, a Wolf number of 35, and a total Active Region Area of 100 millionths which was the highest Total Active Region Area for the rotation. The highest Wolf Number of 55 was reached towards the end of the rotation on 2017-05-23. The rotation had a period of 7 spotless days from 5/10 till 5/16, bringing the total spotless days since Solar Maximum to 72. Two areas contended for the largest daily area of 80 millionths, AR2664 on May 5th and AR2659 on 5/26. The rotation ended with one Active Region, AR2659, having a Total Active Region Area of 80 millionths and a Wolf Number of 19. Besides the number of Spotless days, the low Active Region Areas, and the low number of spots compared to the previous rotation, CR2190 included three very short lived regions lasting only 1 (AR2657), 2 (AR2660), and 4 (AR2655) days only.

For this Rotation we would like to feature three images by three of our observers, Guilherme Grassmann, Christian Viladrich and Howard Eskildson. Thanks to them, as well as all other contributors, for another great rotation. Please take a look at their images by clicking on the link above, leading to our archive for CR2190.
Clear Skies,
Theo Ramakers
Acting Assistant Coordinator, the ALPOSS

 
 

May 18, 2017

A short Summary of Carrington Rotation 2189

Carrington Rotation 2189 covered the time period from 2017-04-02 0848 UT – 2017-04-29 1509 UT.
The increased solar activity created an increase in the number of submitted reports and images which totaled 517 at the time of this summary, and can be viewed in ALPO’s Solar Archive for CR2189:

http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=98896

During the rotation we could observe 9 regions. The rotation started on 2017-04-02 with 4 Active Regions and a total Active Region Area of 740 millionths, and Wolf number of 79. That day the Sun produced several flares, including 2 flares which were the cause of R2 alerts. (>M5.0 flare) The 2 flares were registered as M5.3 and an M5.7, and both originated in AR2644. AR2145 continued to grow to its maximum of 700 millionths which it reached 2 days later on 2017-04-04, which coincided with the maximum Total Active Region Area of the rotation at 1270 millionths, and a max. Wolf Number for the Sun of 97. The Total Active Region Area for the rotation was interrupted briefly twice for a total of 3 spotless days, bringing the total spotless days since Solar maximum to 65. The rotation ended with a Total Active Region Area of 110 millionths and a Wolf Number of 23.

For this Rotation we would like to feature three images by three of our observers, Guilherme Grassmann, who caught the end of an M2.3 flare in AR2644 on April 2nd, Theo Ramakers, showing a WL image of AR2645 when it was at its maximum size of 700 millionths on April 4th, as well as a very nice image of a prominence by Raffaello Braga from Italy on April 3rd. Thanks to them, as well as all other contributors, for another great rotation. Please take a look at their images by clicking on the link above, leading to our archive for CR2189.
Clear Skies,
Theo Ramakers
Acting Assistant Coordinator, the ALPOSS

 
 

April 12, 2017

A short Summary of Carrington Rotation 2188

Carrington Rotation 2188 covered the time period from 2017-03-06 0126 UT – 2017-04-02 0848 UT.
328 Reports and images were submitted and can be viewed in ALPO’s Solar Archive for CR2188:

http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=98139

During the rotation we could observe 6 regions, half of which were only visible for about three days or less and two of them did not make it above 10 millionths. The rotation did start with a re-emergence of AR2141 for one day, with a size of 10 millionths, followed with a spotless streak of 15 days. The largest region, AR2645, reached its maximum area of 380 millionths on the last full day of the rotation on April 1st. This day also marks the maximum for the rotation of the Total Daily Active Region Area which was at 580 millionths while the Wolf Number maxed out at 79. The rotation did have a total of 16 spotless days, bringing the total spotless days since Solar maximum to 62.

For this Rotation we would like to feature three images by three of our observers, James Kevin Ty, David Teske, and Howard Eskildsen. Thanks to them, as well as all other contributors, for another great rotation. Please take a look at their images by clicking on the above link leading to our archive.
Theo Ramakers
Acting Assistant Coordinator, the ALPOSS

 
 

April 6, 2017

The 2017 Solar Eclipse – Part 2

Dr. M. D. Reynolds continues his discussion on the Great American Eclipse. This second part was published in the 2016 Spring edition of ALPO’s Journal, “the Strolling Astronomer”. Click the following link, or right click the link to download the pdf for off line reading .
Part 2 – The 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

 

 

 
 

March 30, 2017

A short Summary of Carrington Rotation 2187

Carrington Rotation 2187 covered the time period from 2017-02-06 1724 UT – 2017-03-06 0126 UT.
315 Reports and images were submitted and can be viewed in ALPO’s Solar Archive for CR2187:

http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=97088

During the rotation we could observe 10 regions, of which half of them were only visible for about three days or less. The largest region, AR2638, reached its maximum area of 150 millionths for two days on February 23 and 24. The Total daily Active Region Area of 210 millionths reached its maximum on March 1st while the Wolf Number maxed out at 55 on March 3rd and 4th. The rotation did have two spotless days on February 9th and March 5th, bringing the total spotless days since Solar maximum to 47. In addition, on February 26th, South America was treated to a partial eclipse and three observers did submit images.

For this Rotation we would like to feature three images of the partial eclipse by three of our observers, Guilherme Grassmann, German Morales, and Avani Soares. Thanks to them, as well as all other contributors, for another great rotation. Please take a look at their images by clicking on the above link leading to our archive.
Theo Ramakers
Acting Assistant Coordinator, the ALPOSS

 
 

February 12, 2017

A short Summary of Carrington Rotation 2186

Carrington Rotation 2186 covered the time period from 2017-01-10 0913 UT – 2017-02-06 1724 UT and is our first rotational gallery for 2017.
So far 331 reports and images were submitted for our archive, and can be viewed in ALPO’s Solar Archive for CR2185:

http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=96049

The rotation did start with 3 spotless days. During the rotation we could observe 9 regions of which three did exist for about two days or less. In fact one of them, AR2630 appeared and disappeared almost immediately. The largest region, AR2629, reached its maximum area of 220 millionths on January 26, the same day the Total Active Region Area for the Sun reached its maximum of 410 millionths. The Wolf number reached its maximum of 55 a day earlier on January 25.
Counting the three spotless days at the beginning of the rotation, the total spotless days since Solar maximum increased to 45.

For this Rotation we would like to feature again a few drawings submitted by three of our observers, Monty Leventhal, Joe Gianninoto, and Tony Broxton. Thanks to them as well as all other contributors for another great rotation. Please take a look at their images by clicking on the above link leading to our archive.
Your Solar Section Team,

 
 

January 22, 2016

A short Summary of Carrington Rotation 2185

Carrington Rotation 2185 covered the time period from 2016-12-14 0115 UT – 2017-01-10 0913 UT and is our last rotational gallery for 2016.
226 Reports and images were submitted for our archive and can be viewed in ALPO’s Solar Archive for CR2185:
http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=95313
Whereas we could observe 9 regions during the previous rotation, only 6 regions paraded across the solar hemisphere during this time, AR2617 through AR2624. Two of them, AR2623 and AR2624, appeared and disappeared almost immediately. The largest region, AR2617, reached its maximum area of only 70 millionths on December 14 and 15. Oddly enough SWPC reported AR2624 as containing one spot but no area associated with it. The highest Wolf number of 25 was recorded on December 15.
This rotation produced spotless days for about half of the period. This brings the total spotless days at the end of the rotation to 42 since Solar maximum.

For this Rotation we would like to feature images submitted by three of our observers, Mike Borman, Howard Eskildsen, and Guilherme Grassmann. Thanks to them as well as all other contributors for another great rotation. Please take a look at their images by clicking on the above link leading to our archive.
Your Solar Section Team,

 
 

December 29, 2016

A Short Summary of Carrington Rotation 2184

Carrington Rotation 2184 covered the time period from 2016-11-16 1739 UT – 2016-12-14 0115 UT.
314 Reports and images were submitted for our archive and can be viewed in ALPO’s Solar Archive for CR2184:
http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=93274
During the rotation, 9 Active Regions could be observed, AR2609 through AR2617. The largest region, AR2612, reached its maximum area of only 170 millionths on November 28th. The total Active Region Area for the Solar hemisphere maxed out for the rotation at 260 millionths on November 30st and December 2nd . The Wolf number reached its maximum of 75 in between those two days on December 1st, when three regions were visible on the hemisphere. Carrington Rotation 2184 showed again a quiet time for the Sun as it did have three days with a total active region area and a Wolf number of 0 on November 22, and 23rd as well as December 11th. This brought the total spotless days since Solar maximum to 28.

For this Rotation we would like to feature again images of the Solar drawings submitted by three of our observers, Monte Leventhal, Joe Gianninoto, and Tony Broxton. Thanks to them as well as all other contributors for another great rotation. Please take a look at their images by clicking on the above link leading to our archive.

The ALPO Solar Team.

 
 

 
 

December 12, 2016

ALPOSS – A report on CR2178 and CR2179


ALPOSS Coordinator and Scientific Advisor Richard Hill continues his analysis of the solar activity in his detailed reports of the Carrington Rotations. This time he covers the Carrington Rotations: CR2178 and CR2179, or June 6th through July 30th, 2016. The reports are based on 886 reports and image submissions of numerous contributors to the Solar Observations Archive. The report was published in the 2017 Winter issue of the ALPO Journal, the Strolling Astronomer, and can now also be accessed as a stand alone document on ALPOSS Solar Observations & Reports page, or downloading it by “right”clicking on the picture below.

 
 

November 28, 2016

A short Summary of Carrington Rotation 2183

Carrington Rotation 2183 covered the time period from 2016-10-20 1024 UT until 2016-11-16 1739 UT.
367 Reports and images were submitted for our archive and can be viewed in ALPO’s Solar Archive for CR2183:
http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=91802
During the rotation, 9 Active Regions could be observed. The largest region, AR2607, reached its maximum area of only 100 millionths on November 12th. This is far smaller than the largest area in the previous rotation, and it is also the date where the total area for the Sun maxed out for the rotation at 120 millionths. The Wolf number reached its maximum one day later on November 13th when three regions were visible on the hemisphere for a Wolf number of 38. Carrington Rotation CR2183 showed again a quiet time for the Sun as it did have two days, November 3rd and November 9th, where the total active region area as well as the Wolf number were 0.
We thank all of those who did submit their data and continued their effort to record the solar activity over the years.
For this Rotation we are featuring three random images from our observers. Thanks to them as well as all other contributors for a great rotation. Please take a look at all their submission in our archive, by clicking the link above.

The ALPO Solar Team.

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