SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 16, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – APRIL 16, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, April 16, 2018.

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

AR2704 has decayed completely over the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, an area of pores (which could be a potential forming active region) was spotted at the near-central portion of the Sun’s visible disk. This will be closely watched for its development and any activity associated with it in the next 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 3. Some eruptive prominences at the limbs and plages across the Sun’s visible disk 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 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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