AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Why are the Daily Sunspot Observations Interesting? One Observer’s Perspective (Abstract)

Volume 44 number 1 (2016)

Frank Dempsey
RR #1, 3285 Sideline 20, Locust Hill, ON L0H 1J0, Canada; cosmicfrank99@gmail.com


(Abstract only) Daily sunspot counts made for the AAVSO Solar Section may cause the observer to feel in touch with the daily (and longer-term) changes on the sun’s surface, and this connection may be more interesting when the solar observer remains aware of the larger solar and geomagnetic environment. The daily sunspot observations may become more interesting when correlated with transient events including solar flares, filaments, coronal holes, and coronal mass ejections that can be followed in near-real time multi-wavelength X-ray and UV solar images as well as particle flux and magnetic field measurements.