SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 20, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 20, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 20, 2017.

The sky was clear and experienced less air turbulence, making the seeing and transparency good at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity was considered moderate at this moment according to the NOAA-SWPC. The prevalent sunspot group AR2671 made some weak C-class solar flares as it slightly elongated in area. Meanwhile, a new active region (to be designated as AR2672) was spotted at the Sun’s eastern limb and emitted a moderately strong M1.1 class flare as it is about to rotate into Earth-view. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 37.

With this stance, space weather agencies predict further solar flare activity (ranging from B-class to possible M-class) in the next few days. The extent of the frequency and intensity of Sun’s activity will highly depend on the magnetic flux fluctuations happening within the active regions in the coming days. Close monitoring is being conducted by numerous space weather agencies for any significant development.

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