SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 26, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 26, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 26, 2018.

The sky was clear with light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

Based on space weather agency records, multiple minor B-class solar flares were recorded in the reverse polarity sunspot group AR2720. On the other hand, continuous gradual sunspot structure decay was observed in the inactive AR2719. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 25.  A large filament at the Sun’s northern hemisphere and some eruptive prominences at the northeastern limb 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 (possibly C-class) intensity, mainly from the two upper-mentioned active regions (AR). 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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