SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 12, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 12, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 12, 2018.

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

Few more pores/sunspots have developed in the lone visible sunspot group AR2699 as it continues to produce further flaring activity ranging from B-class to C-class intensity over the past 24 hours. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 24.  Several tiny prominences and filaments, as well as flaring activity from AR2699 were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at low levels with chances of  B-class to C-class (possibly up to M-class) solar flares primarily fromAR2699 in the next few days. The extent of the frequency and intensity of the Sun’s activity will highly depend on the magnetic flux fluctuatisons 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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