SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 31, 2017

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 31, 2017

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Here are yesterday’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 31, 2017.

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

Three active regions are currently visible on the Sun. Based on recent space weather reports*, AR2672 and AR2673 remain magnetic stability and dormant. On the other hand, the much bigger AR2674 generated some C-class flares and could spawn more flaring activity in the coming few days. There are also spots crackling somewhere south of the Sun’s equator. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 50.

Space weather agencies* forecast persisting generally low solar activity in the next few days with chances of B-class to C-class solar flares. 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.

*courtesy of Solar Influence Data Center (SIDC), NOAA-Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA-SWPC)

 

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