SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 9, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – AUGUST 9, 2018

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No solar images were taken today, August 9, 2018, due to unfavorable sky condition (widespread dusty condition) at the proposed time of observation.

The Sun remains spotless and quiet as very low solar activity has persisted over the past 24 hours. No significant flaring activity was recorded by space weather agencies. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  A huge eruptive hedgerow prominence, as well as a pillar-shaped one at the opposite regions of the Sun’s chromosphere was distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery. Not much to see in visible imagery except for an area of plage (former AR2717), and more well-defined plages, fairly huge filaments, and several small prominences at the limbs 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)
*FALSE-COLOR VISIBLE AND H-ALPHA IMAGERY COURTESY OF SPACEWEATHER.COM AND DAYSTARFILTERS.COM RESPECTIVELY

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