SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 14, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 14, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 14, 2018.

The sky was hazy with intermittent light to moderate winds making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

The lone visible sunspot group AR2699 has been inactive; not producing any significant flaring activity and seen some decay in its intermediate spots over the past 24 hours. From this stance, the threat of major solar flare activity is set to decline gradually. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 20. Few small filaments and prominences in the western portion of the Sun’s visible disk 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 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.

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

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