SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 17, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 17, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 17, 2017.

The sky was clear but experienced some light winds, making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

The lone sunspot group, AR2671 has developed more sunspots and expanded in area over the past 24 hours. In spite of its “vigorous” appearance, only few B-class solar flares were recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 32.

Currently possessing mixed magnetic polarities (beta-gamma-delta configuration) among its sunspots, space weather agencies further increased the probability of C-class to possible M-class solar flare activity which could boost geomagnetic activity and risk of minor radio satellite disruptions in the next couple of days. Close monitoring is being conducted by numerous space weather agencies for any significant development.

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