SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 23, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 23, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 23, 2018.

The sky was partly cloudy with moderate air turbulence making the seeing and transparency average to poor at the time these images were taken.

Few more sunspots were seen having developed shortly after decay of precedent trailer spots but it is overall inactive; absent of any significant flaring activity. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 16.  Few small receding prominences at the limbs and the associated of AR2719 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. 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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