SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 28, 2018

SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 28, 2018

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Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 28, 2018.

The sky was mostly clear with light to moderate turbulence making the seeing and transparency average at the time these images were taken.

Solar activity remains at very low levels over the past 24 hours. The lone visible sunspot group AR2700 has slowly decayed in structure and was inactive without any solar flare activity recorded. The latest sunspot number (based on visual count and Wolf number calculation) is 14.  A huge eruptive hedgerow prominence at the southeastern limb and a filament at the northeastern portion of the Sun’s visible disk were distinctively captured in H-alpha imagery.

Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to remain at very low levels with chances of weak B-class to possibly isolated C-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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