Daily Archives: March 22, 2014

The Sun Online and solar activity. March 22, 2014

NOAA AR 2011 released an M1.1 flare today, March 22, peak 07:02UT. This flare was followed by another peak in the x-ray flux not entirely visible due to data dropouts from the GOES satellite occurring during a satellite eclipse. The Solar Demon software detected an eruption in SDO/AIA 94 images in the neighbourhood of NOAA AR 2005, peak 9:30UT. We expect more flaring activity in the C-level. Isolated M-flares are possible.
CACTus software sent out a halo CME alert about a plasma eruption on March 20. It concerns the plasma eruption mentioned in the ursigram of March 20 associated with the M1.7 flare. Newly arrived data shows a faint appearance of a CME front in LASCO/SOHO C2 images that comes into the FOV at 04:36UT. The CME has an angular width of around 180 degrees.   The solar wind picked up speed (around 450 km/s). The Bz component is positive resulting in a Kp of 2. We expect quiet geomagnetic conditions.

Equipment: Coronado 90 +  Imaging Source DMK  + LX75
Processing: Photoshop, Avistack 300 frames
Date: 03/22/14
Time UT: 13:00
Exposure 1/500 sec.

With SPONLI Space is getting closer


Martian Chiaroscuro

Image Credit: HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA
Deep shadows create dramatic contrasts between light and dark in this high-resolution close-up of the martian surface. Recorded on January 24 by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the scene spans about 1.5 kilometers across a sand dune field in a southern highlands crater. Captured when the Sun was just 5 degrees above the local horizon, only the dune crests are caught in full sunlight. With the long, cold winter approaching the red planet’s southern hemisphere, bright ridges of seasonal frost line the martian dunes.

NASA APOD 22-mar-2014

Seagull Nebula

IC 2177 is a region of nebulosity that lies along the border between the constellations Monoceros and Canis Major. It is a roughly circular HII region centered on the Be star HD 53367. This nebula was discovered by Welsh amateur astronomer Isaac Roberts and was described by him as, “pretty bright, extremely large, irregularly round, very diffuse.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Astro-Physics 152mm f/7.5 Starfire EDF
Imaging cameras: FLI ProLine Proline 16803
Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FS-60C
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Superstar
Focal reducers: Astro-Physics AP 4.0″ Field Flattener
Software: PixInsight 1.8, Software Bisque TheSky6 Professional, FocusMax, Cyanogen Maxim DL Pro 5, Photoshop CS Photo Shop CS5, CCD Autopilot 5
Filters: Astrodon E-series LRGB Ha 5nm
Accessories: Sirius Dome
Dates: March 13, 2014
Locations: Sydney Australia
Frames: 27×1200”
Integration: 9.0 hours

Author: David Nguyen

AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI

22 March 2014