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Another crisp but sunny day here in southern Ontario . Temperatures were -7c with clear sky's The conditions were not as steady as I would have liked but much better than summer conditions . There is lots going on up there right now and would appear that this maximum is still marching on .
This winter has not offered too many days for imaging but I was lucky enough to catch a break today . Temperature was -5C and no wind , there was some high thin cloud but it was not too disruptive . My apologies for the miss orientation on the full disks .
I starting to gain some experience with my little dish. Here is the recent results -
January 30, 2014
I was trying to match up my recordings from today with solar flare data
and not having any luck. I just noticed on Space Weather.Com a report
of an X-Ray solar flare at 2200 UT. The middle chart shows the biggest
spikes that I recorded today. Shortly before this the recording was
pretty much a flat line and after the spikes subsided. Most solar
flares monitor receivers are on a much lower frequency then what I'm
using so a big maybe here.
Earlier recording (Time is UT) -
Recording at time of X-Ray flare -
Right after -
February 02, 2014
Today AR1967 produced a flare staring at 21:24:00 UT peaked at 22:04:00
UT and ended at 22:14:00 UT. I had some recording runs at that time
and I may have caught some of the action. There was a lot of activity
at this time. See the strong signal at 21:36:04 UT.
This one I'm thinking is a continuation of the action out to 22:02:40 UT.
At 22:27:00 UT A1968 produced a C8.4 flare and I think that the right side of this trace is some of that action.
February 03, 2014
I got a late start with my recordings and of course most of the solar activity today was before I started.
There was a C7 flare reported at this time wasn't attributed to a
sunspot. This was the strongest signal that I had today. Actually I'm
glad because it gives me more faith in my earlier recordings, that I'm
not just picking up some noise signals. If you compare the signal
amplitude to yesterday's signals you will see that this C7 flare has a
smaller amplitude as it should. A C flare being 'Minor, an M flare
being 'Moderate and an X flare classified as 'Large'.
It has been more than 2 weeks since Bill or I have seen the sun , I caught a break yesterday and it sure was good to be imaging again . Viewing conditions were good , clear sky's , no wind and temperatures that I could tolerate . We both have a few things that are awaiting some testing but the clouds have been against us , hopefully that will change soon .