SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 15, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 15, 2018

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No solar images were taken today,  August 15, 2018 due to unfavorable weather condition (overcast sky) at the proposed time of observation.

The single spot seen yesterday has been designated as AR2718 by space weather agencies. It exhibits single-spot (alpha) magnetic configuration which considered stable and currently inactive. No significant flaring activity associated with this active region was recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11. Some plages, large filaments at the disk, and few huge eruptive prominences at the limbs were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with chances of B-class (possibly isolated C-class) solar flares mainly from AR2718. 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)
*FALSE-COLOR VISIBLE AND H-ALPHA IMAGERY COURTESY OF SOLARHAM.COM AND DAYSTARFILTERS.COM RESPECTIVELY

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