SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 13, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 13, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 13, 2018.

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

The lone visible sunspot group AR2699 did not produce any solar flare activity over the past 24 hours in spite of its slight growth in structure, after the release of a shallow CME associated with a C-class flare recorded by space weather agencies yesterday. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 23.  Some small filaments and prominences at the Sun’s southernmost hemisphere 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 in the next few days. 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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