SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 21, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 21, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 21, 2017.

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

There are two active regions currently present in the Sun. AR2671, in spite of its elongated structure; emitted numerous B-class flares. A new sunspot group has rotated into Earth-view from the Sun’s eastern limb and has been designated as AR2672. Its activity was more robust compared to AR2671; generated multiple C-class flares. A small sunspot was also spotted near AR2671.  The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 48.

With this stance, space weather agencies predict further solar flare activity (ranging from B-class/C-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 in the ARs in the coming days. Close monitoring is being conducted by numerous space weather agencies for any significant development.

 

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