SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 15, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 15, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, April 15, 2018.

The sky was clear with light air turbulence making the seeing and transparency good at the time these images were taken.

The lone visible sunspot group AR2704 was observed to be gradually decaying in structure. Now possess only a single-spot (alpha) magnetic configuration, it did not produce any significant flaring activity over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. Some huge eruptive pyramid-shaped prominences were distinctively 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 or C-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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