SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 31, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 31, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, August 31, 2018.

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

The Sun has been spotless with no significant flaring activity recorded as solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. . A new (unnumbered) active region at the eastern limb (encircled) was seen to have recently rotated into Earth-view. This will be further monitored on its development and its potential effect in solar activity in the next few days. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0. Plages associated with unnumbered active region 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. 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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