SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 2, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 2, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 2, 2018.

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

The tiny sunspot region developing has been recently designated as AR2717 by space weather agencies. Currently exhibiting a weak single-spot (alpha) magnetic configuration, it was found to in the process of gradual structure decay and is unlikely to produce any major solar activity in the coming days. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 11.  Several tiny receding prominences at the limbs and plages associated with AR2717 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, mainly from AR2717. 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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