Massive X8.79 flare at the western limb a few minutes ago!

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Massive X8.79 flare at the western limb a few minutes ago!

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Hi all,

Today after work I decided to do some observing and right when I was taking frames for an animation, a strong X8.79 flare happened. I will post the results when I processed everything.

Since the Sun is setting rather quickly now and itโ€™s getting hazy near the horizon, my images get darker and darker. Is there a reliable way to normalize their brightness? Of course the contrast will suffer but at least they would look better.

Hereโ€™s an early look

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Re: Massive X8.79 flare at the western limb a few minutes ago!

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Good to see that someone has potentially caught it ... :P


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I missed it by about an hour using Slooh. I had no chance otherwise due to clouds.

Congratulations on catching it, Jan!

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And there was an almost simultaneous large flare exactly opposite on the Sun that most folk missed as they were so busy concentrating on the disappearing monster ... ๐Ÿ˜‰

https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/latest48.php?q=0304


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steveward53 wrote: โ†‘Wed May 15, 2024 8:11 am And there was an almost simultaneous large flare exactly opposite on the Sun that most folk missed as they were so busy concentrating on the disappearing monster ... ๐Ÿ˜‰

https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/latest48.php?q=0304
I actually did catch that one as well, but the Sun was already super dark in my images ๐Ÿ˜•
And I - for some reason - have quite a lot of corrupted frames again, so my animation will unfortunately look pretty ugly ๐Ÿ™
Maybe I can get a few decent stills though


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steveward53 wrote: โ†‘Wed May 15, 2024 8:11 am And there was an almost simultaneous large flare exactly opposite on the Sun that most folk missed as they were so busy concentrating on the disappearing monster ... ๐Ÿ˜‰

https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/latest48.php?q=0304
I got it! It was recorded for my timelapse, coming later. Poor quality due some clouds, the Sun being very close to horizon and just seconds before tree branches are going to freak havoc with Hinode.

That was pretty flare.

ImageM4.4 class flare in AR3682 14th May 2024 by Petrus Kurppa, on Flickr


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Nice capture Petrus!!


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Timely capture!


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Thank you James and Mark!


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Nice work Petrus. Was hoping someone here caught it. Keen to see how the animation comes out.


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Nice to see Jan.


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Re: Massive X8.79 flare at the western limb a few minutes ago!

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Very nice, Petrus!

Here's what I have. I'm super disappointed in my animation. If it would have been two hours earlier and if my camera didn't decide to betray me, This would have been my absolute favorite animation so far.

Anyway, I hope you like at least the GIF and the still ๐Ÿ˜„
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Nice result Jan!


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