2010 07 03 – NOAA11084

2010 July 3, 1853 UT – 1938 UT

Solar h-alpha NOAA 11084
PCW Memorial Observatory, Zanesville, Ohio USA – Erika Rix

DS 60mm Maxscope, LXD75, 21-7mm Zhumell
Temp: 28.8°C, Humidity 57.7%-49%
Seeing: Wilson 4, Transparency: 3/6
Clear, slight breeze, Alt: 65.6°-58.1°, Az: 231.8°-247.3°

H-alpha sketch created scopeside with black Strathmore Artagain paper, white Conte’ crayon and pencil, black oil pencil, Prang white watercolor pencil

It appears that I missed seeing a dual pair of CMEs (coronal mass ejections) on the Sun today. It took at place at 1154 UT. My session began at 1853 UT.  Fantastic footage of it can be seen here by SOHO coronagraph. http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2010/03jul10/cme_c2_big.gif?PHPSESSID=kljak6da6ng8ifu6v1gf6p7ch3

AR 1084 still looks like a spiral galaxy (or a chicken eye with the wide yellow/pink skin wrinkled around the pupil).  A fantastic filament/prominence reached over the limb in the SW. The filament was thick and fibrous reaching out to the west and on either end, long and slender.

Riser, my regular solar buddy, aka 14-year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, took a pretty hard fall today and had to watch me observe from a distance in the comfort of the shade at the top of the hill. He’s resting comfortably now on a very thick duvet. Poor ol’ boy.

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~ by Erika Rix on July 3, 2010.

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