Oh VERY nice. So the iron and gold spectral line strength/distribution is an indication of impending activity.
Yes. A sunspot seems to require the presence of a "large" active region, "active" meaning it can be seen in iron ion wavelengths, 195A, 171A, and 284A. Such active regions are also often linked to CME events. I tend to use the SOHO and STEREO movies to get a quick overview of what's going on at 195A at the moment. The SOHO 195 images tend to span a few days, and a single day on the STEREO movies. The addition of STEREO is pretty cool because we'll be able to track the active regions on all sides of the sun as they get into their optimal position.
FYI, there were two fairly major CME events recently, one on 7/31 which starts to become visible at around the 11:06 image of LASCO C2 images. Unfortunately there is a large gap in the SOHO data from that point till about 21:00 or so. Fortunately the CME can be seen very well in the STEREO COR1 and COR2
behind images. Based on the trajectory, that CME seems to be pointed away from us.
The second CME comes from from the active region in the southern hemisphere can be seen in the 195A SOHO images in the 8/1/09 image at 02:48. It can also be seen in the STEREO ahead images starting at about 02:35 and particularly the 02:45 image. That CME seems to be pointed toward the southern polar region and out of the planetary plane.
Sunspots tend to be require a bit more concentrated activity than I see at the moment. I am interested to see if the active regions increases or decreases in intensity over the next few days. If so, there is some change a sunspot will form IMO, but unless the activity increases from what it seems to be right now, I don't anticipate any sunspot formation
Because the 284A image cover more than 27 days (about the length of a solar rotation compared to earth), I tend to use the movie images from 284A to look for "patterns of increases in activity".
Both being conductive elements; hm.
Well, all plasma is pretty conductive, but coronal loops are conductive IMO.
Are you looking at the magnetic orientations via polarization of the light as well? Does that show any correlation?
I don't really know because I've never looked for a polarization correlation. It's an interesting question however.