Daily Archives: December 8, 2013

The Sun Online and solar activity. December 8, 2013

The X-ray curve is situated near the top/bottom of the B/C-level. C-flares are very likely, the probability for M-flares is around 20%. The December 7 M1.2 flare (07:29UT peak time) from NOAA AR 1909 was associated with a CME. CACTus determined it as a (partial) halo CME with a speed around 900 km/s.
The bulk of the plasma is ejected under the ecliptic plane. The side of the CME may impact the Earth. This glancing blow can possibly arrive late December 9, early December 10 and may result in geomagnetic disturbances.
Late December 7, a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) arrived. The density increased gradually together with the magnetic field. The z-component fluctuated strongly, even to -25nT which resulted in a planetary K of 6 and 5 and local K Dourbes of 5 and 4 early December 8. Following the density increase and slow decrease, the solar wind speed increased gradually. The CIR and fast solar wind is possibly linked with the coronal hole which reached the central meridian on December 3.
A shock is visible on ACE data on December 8, 7:30UT: the solar wind speed increased from 500 km/s to around 650 km/s, the temperature, density and magnetic field dropped. This fast reverse shock is possibly linked with the filament eruption of December 5. The geomagnetic impact will be limited andsmaller compared to the CIR because of the drop in magnetic field strength. Bz rotated from negative (-5nT).

Equipment: Coronado 90 + SBIG 8300s + LX75
Processing: Photoshop
Date: 12/08/13
Time UT: 04:00
Exposure 0.8 sec.

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Everest Panorama from Mars

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Image Credit: Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Cornell, JPL, NASA

If you could stand on Mars — what might you see? Scroll right to find out. The robotic Spirit rover that rolled around Mars from 2004 to 2009 Mars climbed to the top of a hill in 2005 and took a series of images over three days that were then digitally combined into a 360 degree panorama. Spirit was instructed to take images having the same resolution as a human with 20-20 eyesight. The full panoramic result can be found by clicking on the above image and has a level of detail unparalleled in the history of Martian surface photography. The panorama was taken from the pinnacle of Husband Hill and has been dubbed the Everest panorama, in honor of the view from the tallest mountain on Earth. Visible in Gusev Crater are rocks, rusting sand, a Martian sundial, vast plains, nearby peaks, faraway peaks, and sand drifts. In the distance, fast moving dust devils can be seen as slight apparitions of red, green, or blue, the colors of filters used to build up this natural color vista.
APOD 08-December-13

Rosette Nebula


The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49) is a large, circular H II region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy

Photographically the Rosette Nebula is easier to record and it is the only way to record the red color which is not seen visually.

Scope: Orion 190mm Maksutov Newtonian
Mount: Losmandy G-11
Camera: QHY9
Filtres: Astrodon Ha, OIII, SII

Autor: Maurice De Castro ( Dominican Republic )

AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI
08 December 2013
We select the best works of amateur astrophotographers with details of equipment, shooting processing etc.