SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 22, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 22, 2017

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 22, 2017.

The sky was clear and the air is calm, making the seeing and transparency average to good at the time these images were taken.

The two visible active regions AR2671 and AR2672 have produced some C-class flares over the past 24 hours. These flares are not severe but it could enhance geomagnetic activity, thus increasing the occurrences of aurora in the polar regions, and it could cause minor radio and satellite communication disruptions. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 45.

With this stance, B-class to C-class (with possible M-class) intensity solar flaring activity shall continue 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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