SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 13, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 13, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, April 13, 2018.

The sky was mostly clear but experienced intermittent moderate to fresh breeze making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

A new sunspot region spotted at the northeastern portion of the Sun’s visible disk has developed and designated as AR2704 by space weather agencies. Currently possessing tiny, bipolar (beta) magnetic configuration, it did not produce any significant flaring activity based on records, indicating its relatively quiet state at this moment. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 13.  Some large eruptive prominences at the limbs, as well as the distinct structure of AR2704 were clearly seen captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with chances of weak X-ray fluxes or flares ranging up to B-class intensity.  The extent of the frequency and intensity of the Sun’s activity will highly depend on the magnetic flux fluctuations happening in the visible ARs in the coming days. Close monitoring is being conducted by numerous space weather agencies for any significant development.

*Technical reports courtesy of Solar Influence Data Center (SIDC), NOAA-Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA-SWPC)

 

 

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