SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 17, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 17, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 17, 2018.

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

The lone sunspot group AR2699 has recently rotated away from Earth-view at the western limb; leaving the Sun spotless at the moment. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  Few tiny prominences at the western limb and filaments were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

With this stance, space weather agencies* expect solar activity to decline further to very low levels with chances of weak  B-class flares. 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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