SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 24, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 24, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 24, 2018.

The sky was hazy with moderate to strong air turbulence making the seeing and transparency poor at the time these images were taken.

It has been a week of relatively inactive Sun. Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. No active sunspot regions currently exist on the Sun’s visible disk. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 0.  Few huge eruptive prominences at the opposite (northeastern and southwestern) limbs were distinctively captured 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 in the next few 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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