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April 16, 2016

Carrington Rotation 2175, a short summary


Carrington Rotation CR2175 ran from 2016/03/16 11:58 UT until 2016-04-12 18:57 UT.
Submitted images and observations are archived here:
http://alpo-astronomy.org/gallery3/index.php/Solar-Observations-Archive/SolarImages2016/CR2175
The rotation started with a total Active Region Area size of 140 millionths and a Wolf Number of 59. It ended with a total region size of 880 millionths, and a Wolf Number of 42. During the period, the Sun showed 11 Active Regions (AR2519 & AR2521 – AR2530) and it looked for a while that AR2524 would be the dominant region, until four days before the end of the rotation, when AR2529 came around the Eastern limb. The rotation maxed out as it finished on April 12th, when AR2529 had grown to a size of 850 millionths. However, AR2524 still managed to be a key contributor to the highest Wolf number of the rotation of 66 (5 regions and 16 spots) on March 18th. The largest flare, a C3.7, was produced by AR2521 on March 20th, just when it was getting ready to turn to the far side of the Sun.
We are showing three images below which were captured close to the key dates mentioned above. The images were submitted truly by a number of international contributors: Guilherme Grassmann from Brazil, David Tyler from the UK, and Gabriel Corban from Rumania.
As of this writing, ALPO received 226 observations/images for the rotation, and we like to thank all that took the time to submit their images/observations.
The ALPO Team.

 
 

April 6, 2016

Carrington Rotation 2174, a short summary


CR2174 ran from 2016-02-18 04:08 UT till 2016-03-16 11:58 UT. We received 222 images/observations for this rotation. This is the first time again since April 2011 that we were able to archive over 200 submissions for one rotation.
http://alpo-astronomy.org/gallery3/index.php/Solar-Observations-Archive/SolarImages2016/CR2174
The rotation started with a total Active Region Area size of 300 millionths and a Wolf Number of 60. It ended with a total region size of 180 millionths, and a Wolf Number of 57. During the period, the Sun showed 22 Active Regions (AR2497 plus AR2501 – AR2522). The highest total Active Region Areas size was 300 on the first day of the rotation, which was mostly contributed to the size of 220 of AR2497, which was turning that day to the far side of the Sun. For the rest of the rotation, the total areas size maxed out for on February 26, at 260 millionths. The largest region during the rotation except for AR2497, was AR2505 which measured 180 millionths on February 22nd. The daily Wolf number reached its maximum on March 5th at 95, which was mainly caused by an increase of the number of areas for one day, rather than spots. The observations/images below, were submitted by Gabriel Corban, Dave Tyler and Howard Eskildsen.
Thanks to everyone for their contributions to the archive.
The ALPO team
 

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